Until September, PAW writer Angela Wu ’12 was working at Newsweek, where she wrote about personal finance, the environment, social media, and the Chinese news agency, Xinhau. In a previous position, at the magazine Marie Claire, her topics were altogether different: Love. Travel. Career.
Add to that her writing and editing assignments for newspapers, and you have an impressive résumé for a print journalist, particularly in an era when reporting jobs are hard to find. And this particular journalist is still a junior at Princeton.
PAW always has relied on student writers to report on campus life in our On the Campus column. More than a few — think John McPhee ’53, Frank Deford ’61, and Todd Purdum ’82, for example — today are among the nation’s most prominent writers. We take pride in our current group, and hope you come to know them through their writing over the year:
Carolyn Edelstein ’10 has the class numerals of an alumna, but she contributes to our pages as a graduate student who is working on her master’s degree in the Woodrow Wilson School. As an undergrad, Carolyn was selected for Princeton’s Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative, which covers graduate study and a two-year fellowship with the federal government. In her undergraduate years, she had internships befitting a public-affairs student, providing analysis for federal agencies on international topics. She brings to PAW a desire to explore the intriguing but little-known aspects of graduate-student life and the perspective of an alumna.
David Walter ’11 returns to PAW after a summer working for the Council for Legal and Judicial Reform in Cambodia. He has been a freelance contributor to The New York Times since 2009, and for two years has served as president of the University Press Club. (The Press Club’s blog — The Ink, at www.universitypressclub.com — offers some of the sharpest commentary on Princeton life by some of the University’s top undergraduate writers, including our own Angela Wu.)
We also welcome returning writer Isabel Pike ’11. Isabel came to Princeton from Kampala, Uganda, where she spent the summer of 2009 writing for Uganda’s leading English-language newspaper, The New Vision, through a Ferris journalism grant from Princeton’s Humanities Council. In addition to her work in journalism, Isabel has built an impressive record in community service both in Uganda and at Princeton.
The public square would benefit if these students decided to join journalism’s ranks after graduation. They’re all considering writing careers. “Though the business model seems to be crumbling around us,” Angela says, “I’m still convinced there is a place and a need for good reporting and writing.” As Carolyn says: “I think that it’s especially critical now for energetic, objective, and principled reporters to enter the field ... .”
We’re proud to give them all a start in our pages.
— Marilyn H. Marks *86