Wednesday- MassLive journalist Lindsay Corcoran spoke to an 8 am class of journalism students at Emmanuel College about how she graduated in the midst of the recession and still snagged a job right away.
After a short set-back from a fire drill in the building, Corcoran told the class about her journey from student to full fledged journalist. She studied in D.C. where she interned for a small blog, and after graduation she returned to Massachusetts. She started looking for jobs, which in 2009 “was a challenging time to be looking for a job… and I don’t think it’s gotten easier for recent graduates”, she said.
But Corcoran had an impressive resume, one that included covering White House press briefings, and started working at the MetroWest Daily news that very May of graduation. She has since worked at the Daily Voice, the Milford Daily News, and now she finds herself at MassLive.com.
At MassLive on a staff of three people, Corcoran has covered some insane and horrifying stories.
She was one of the writers to cover the “House of Horrors” story in Blackstone, Mass in which a house in complete squalor was discovered to hold the remains of three infants and multiple animal carcasses inside. The family living there had several living children who were neglected and caused the initial suspicion of police. It sounds like something out of American Horror Story, but it was a very real incident that Corcoran covered right from the location.
What other horrors has Corcoran encountered on the job? Cannibalism, for one thing. She was once covering a murder story about a woman who had been killed by her husband. It was noted that part of the woman’s arm was missing, and it turned out that the man had actually been eating her flesh. “People asked me if I had ever seen anything like that before…of course not!” she said.
Though the stories have been crazy, Corcoran loves her work as a reporter. She finds that today she thrives online as a journalist. After working initially online, she tried to switch over to print, the more classic type of reporting. But to her surprise she found she disliked that form, and has returned online. “Online articles have to be written to be a little more digestible, but just as good quality,” she shared. As many say, the future of journalism truly lies on the Internet.