Learning the Craft of Journalism from Providence College’s Roy Peter Clark ’70 & John Quinn ’45

While in college I regularly sought guidance and support from journalists whose work I admired. My alma mater, Providence College, didn’t have a journalism school,  so internships, editing my college newspaper and having mentors helped teach me the skills I needed to pursue a career as a journalist and have any chance of succeeding.

In particular, I sought inspiration from the few journalists who have graduated from Providence College. Roy Peter Clark ’70, USA Today co-founder John Quinn ’45 and Theresa Freeman ’96 were by far the biggest help to me because they gave me the confidence I needed, helped teach me the values of the craft and gave me a better understanding of how newsrooms have adapted to change throughout the years.

I recently wrote a story about Clark and Quinn for Providence College’s alumni magazine, which you can read here. (See pages 27 and 28 and be patient with the PDF because it takes a little while to load.)  The first story is about Clark’s speech at a recent Board of Directors meeting in Jupiter, Fla., in which he proposed that Providence College become a “College of Writers.” The second story is about the ways in which Quinn and Clark have mentored me throughout the years.

Happy reading!

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Poynter.org. Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at mjtenore@gmail.com.

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