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Even though she isn’t a news anchor (yet), everyone knows who Brooke McCarthy is. Working at Dunkin Donut has made her the local coffee hero, and even might get her a job. But being a window worker isn’t what McCarthy is content with. She has wanted to be a journalist since she could watch television. Nothing has ever engaged her quite as much as the news and the ever changing world of reporting.
McCarthy told me, “Ever since I was little I have watched the news every morning to try and keep up with what’s going on. I like talking to people and don't mind being on camera so I always thought I would be good at being a journalist. I was never really interested in other subjects in school.”
One of her biggest influences was her high school journalism teacher, Mr. Brown. Not only did her pick McCarthy to be the editor of the school paper, but he also provided her with the inspiration and drive to dip her feet into the waters of journalism. She told me that when she wanted to be, like most young ones, and astronaut or an actress in her early years.
It wasn’t just her teacher that got her interested in reporting, it was also the business itself. McCarthy said, “I’ve always heard big stories and thought wouldn't that be cool to cover I mean like Diane Sawyers’ Caitlyn Jenner interview interested me I would of loved to do that or the mass shooting in Paris, it was tragic and terrible and if covering it helped to finding the terrible people responsible I would of liked that too.”
But as she got older, McCarthy’s interests focused on writing and public speaking. She said. “I eventually realized writing was a passion of mind and I was pretty good at public speaking. So I took a journalism class in high school and then my senior year was the editor of my school paper.”
Her talents don’t end at writing and public speaking, however. Brooke is also a gifted photographer. After taking an AP photography class in high school, she became attuned to using dark rooms and photo shop. She hasn’t had a formal internship, but her photo savviness led her to become a wedding photographer’s assistant for a few months.
In her photography class, she learned about Dan Eldon. He was one of four people killed by a mob in the events preceding the Battle of Mogadishu, and his journals and photography had a profound impact on the world around him after his death. The idea of dying in the field is very real, especially for an American journalist during these tumultuous times, but that does not scare McCarthy.
Because of her interest in photography, McCarthy could see herself working as a photographer for National Geographic. She doesn’t know if that goal is possible though, so she would be happy working as a news anchor for CNN, NBC, or hosting an entertainment show such as Entertainment Tonight.
Even if her she decides that she doesn’t want to be a journalist, Brooke has a back-up plan. She said, “I'm also thinking of double majoring with history so possibly travel to historical places and take pictures for a magazine. I would have loved to be a surgeon because I'm obsessed with Greys Anatomy but I hate science and I couldn't deal with blood and cutting people open.”
McCarthy isn’t entirely satisfied with the industry of news as it is now. She feels bad that print journalism is losing money and becoming obsolete. In her eyes, technology is taking away from modern journalism because we’re losing the use of paper as a medium. She said, “I still think it’s essential you can't forget the fundamentals of a specialty kind of like photography for anyone to be a good photographer you have to know the basics like dark room photography.”