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From the Editor

Published in the November 17, 2010, issue

Renea Henry ’92
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Renea Henry ’92
When Renea Henry graduated from Princeton in 1992, the options for a young journalist still were fairly clear. You could write for a newspaper or magazine. You could build a broadcast career. The World Wide Web was a year old — not exactly something on which you could hang a career.

When Henry graduated from the master’s program at Columbia Journalism School in 2010, she had joined a different world. She focused on broadcast journalism, but her skills went far beyond those expected of a traditional writer, producer, or on-air reporter. She writes long pieces and short blog posts. She tapes interviews and then edits the audio and video. She engages readers with succinct tweets and on other platforms that did not exist even a few years ago.

Henry — who held academic and communications positions in the time between attending Princeton and Columbia — says she loves journalism because it allows her to “keep moving, keep learning, and do new things all the time.” She has embraced the field’s new landscape. “People respond differently to different media, so it’s like having an expanded toolbox to connect.”

Henry now brings her toolbox to PAW, as our multimedia and social media ­consultant. We first displayed her work at PAW Online last January — audio clips of interviews with members of one of Princeton’s first African-American alumni families: that of Robert J. Rivers Jr. ’53, who became a vascular surgeon and Princeton trustee. The clips can be found at pages/5719/index.xml.

We are proud to include Henry’s work at PAW Online this year.

— Marilyn H. Marks *86

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