The Pace Press opened doors for Katrina Alonso ’19 when she was a first-year student. Now its editor-in-chief, she’s been opening doors for others—particularly diverse voices, which has paved the way for greater representation.
Katrina Alonso ’19 has always been a storyteller. “Ever since I was a little girl, I would write stories in a red notebook and show them to my mom,” she told us, and as she grew older, Alonso began to explore a variety of different types of writing. Her mother, who had worked as a reporter, saw her potential, and suggested communication studies as a major. It was just down to where she would end up.
“I had initially decided on going home to the Philippines for school because it was so much cheaper, but I ended up choosing to stay in New York, which is [also] close to home.” At the time, Alonso lived with her mother in New Jersey, which wasn’t far from the schools she was considering. “Pace [...] invested more in me,” Alonso explained. “It was difficult at first, but I found a community in the staff at The Pace Press, and they are what made me fall in love with this school and with journalism in general.”
Now editor-in-chief of the publication that first opened doors for her, Alonso has overseen some significant changes: like increasing the number of diverse writers on staff. “Everyone always talks about how important it is to have representation—both in media and in the workplace—but nobody talks about why,” she said. “I chose to hire a staff full of women from diverse backgrounds [because] they offer perspectives that I don’t. I am a white-passing Asian-American immigrant, so I don’t know what it means to be Latinx, or what it means to be visibly Asian-American, but I want these perspectives to be shared in our paper.”
And the Pace Community has taken note. “Both faculty and students alike seem to enjoy our efforts to diversify the stories we tell,” Alonso told us. Her legacy will surely continue at The Pace Press long after she’s walked at Commencement this May.
In addition to her job as editor-in-chief of the student paper, Alonso has also been interning for CNBC’s talent development department, a team that “wears a many-feathered hat,” she said. What she didn’t expect when accepting such a prestigious internship was just how many tasks she would accomplish in one day! “I’ll contribute to big research projects, put together a prep package for the department’s senior vice president, prepare for a meeting, host an activation, or help with an event,” Alonso explained, noting the day CNBC was invited to ring the opening bell at the Nasdaq was a particularly memorable moment.
“If I learned anything [...] from this internship, it’s that there’s nothing more valuable than having a good head on your shoulders,” she told us. “These positions often ask you to think ahead, be efficient, and always anticipate the next step.”
She’s also interned for publications such as Out and Interview magazine, both highly regarded in the industry. “My first big interview was with Tyler Glenn, the lead singer of Neon Trees, who had just released his solo album Excommunication. The album was about his excommunication from the Mormon Church because he was gay,” Alonso said. Except the interview had to take place in a car on the way to Glenn’s interview with SiriusXM, which forced her to adapt on the fly. “I was so immensely nervous—especially since I was already out of my element by being in a car—but I figured it out and got a good story out of it. Plus, looking back, I think that experience was symbolic of just how my career is developing: it’s constantly in flux, and it never stops moving, but I’m having a lot of fun trying to map it out.”
We’re excited to see where Alonso’s path takes her next!
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