Ali Breland is the Technology reporter at The Hill* newspaper where he writes and reports 3-5 news stories a day, in addition to grinding out 1-3 more analytical, deeply reported stories a week. Not bad for someone who just graduated from UT Austin in 2014 with a B.A. in Plan II and minors in English and Philosophy. To get to where he is now, Breland cut his teeth at The Alcalde (UT Austin Alumni Magazine) as an editorial intern and hustled outside of classes to interview artists and celebrities for CNN, The Christian Science Monitor, and Huff Post. Breland also dabbled in a wide variety of other interests including winemaking as a Harvest intern (didn’t realize this was a job title) at Patz & Hall Winery and snowboarding. His love of journalism and technology landed him a bunch of different jobs along the way, including one at POLITICO as a web producer. Tune in to this episode of T4C to learn how this Java Junkie juggles the stress and demands of being a young journalist.
*Ali left The Hill in November 2018. He is now a disinformation reporter at Mother Jones.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT IN THIS EPISODE:
- What a tech reporter does and how to develop sources (1:35)
- How to pick your stories to report (3:25)
- How to land a prestigious internship (Hint: at NPR) (16:40)
- What to do while you’re still in college to help land a job in journalism when you graduate (19:34)
- How to break into the journalism industry (20:30)
- Email stories ideas to Ali at Ali.email@example.com
- Tweet to Ali at @alibreland
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