Six months ago I started writing for The Grid with the plan to sharpen my research, analysis, and communication of urban issues through regular, journalistic blog posts. That certainly did happen, but there was far more than I anticipated.
I found many opportunities to reference my own articles when speaking with colleagues in my workplace. I found that the topics I wrote about frequently intersected with daily life and a wide variety of people. Through my work on The Grid, I felt as though I had been given access, if you will, to the pulse of my urban community.
Writing for The Grid opened a new window of understanding for me of the world of architects, urban planners, developers, and local politics. That, in turn, shaped the direction of my career and grad school aspirations.
Starting this summer, I will begin working in affordable housing with Cornerstone Partnership as a Communications Associate, where I will be building and tracking the pulse of a nonprofit peer network. I know that my experience at Global Site Plans has given me a fresh approach on how to do this – through regular writing, effective marketing, and the different creative ways of building an online community through multiple social media platforms.
I want to thank Renee van Staveren and my editor Elizabeth Bastian for their hard work in creating this opportunity and platform for my writing. Their feedback and clear guidance made it possible for me to produce high-quality journalistic pieces. I wish Global Site Plans the best success in the future.