meet kate halliwell …
Hello, all! I’m Kate.
I’m an upcoming senior studying journalism and film studies at Indiana University. I met Maria last semester when I took her Career Success class, and I can honestly say that it was one of the most beneficial classes I’ve taken at IU! Without her help, I wouldn’t have gotten my dream internship this summer — but more on that in a moment.
I grew up in Lafayette, Indiana, with my parents and siblings — I’m a triplet, so it was a pretty crazy and competitive childhood. We did everything in school and therefore competed over everything: school, choir, band, sports … everything!
Whenever I’m asked to explain why I chose journalism, one particular competition always comes to mind. In elementary school, my brother and sister and I were always in the same classes, so our days were always spent together.
When the bell would ring, we would race out of school to our mom’s car, competing to be the first one to tell Mom about whatever funny thing happened in class, or who fell off the swing set, or whose science project was the best. It’s that thrill of getting to tell the story first and in the best way that has stuck with me since childhood.
I started at IU in broadcast journalism, because I guess a part of me always wanted to be famous. Everyone in Lafayette knew the anchors of our local TV station, and I wanted everyone to know who I was! That wasn’t my only reason, of course; I loved shooting video and editing it into a story.
I stuck with broadcast news for the first two years of college, but after one intense TV News class, I realized that I dreaded every newscast, every time I had to go out and shoot a story. I was good at it, but I didn’t love it. I’d heard horror stories about people who graduated with a degree that they ended up hating, and I didn’t want that to be me. Luckily, I didn’t have to change degrees in order to find my dream job — I just had to change my focus, and the solution was right in front of me.
I have always loved movies, television and pop culture. It had occurred to me that maybe I would be a good entertainment journalist, but most of the broadcast entertainment news outlets tend to focus on things like what the Kardashians had for lunch, and I couldn’t do that. So I focused on hard news, until one of my friends commented that I should think about writing about movies and television, since it’s all I ever talk about.
I joined the Indiana Daily Student as a Hollywood columnist in November and never looked back. Writing for print is definitely new territory for me still, considering I hadn’t done it since the early days of my high school newspaper, but I’m loving it so far. Getting to talk and write about the subjects I love make all the difference, no matter the medium.
Thanks to Maria’s resume and interview help, I landed my dream summer internship at IndieWire, which is a film and television news site that has a reputation for smart, in-depth commentary on the entertainment industry. I started on May 31, and I’ll be here until July 22.
It’s an unpaid internship, but it’s 100% worth it for me to get the experience I’ll need to forge a successful career in entertainment journalism. I’ve already had all sorts of adventures, from my first experience interviewing on a red carpet to navigating Los Angeles all by myself (and getting lost more than I’d like to admit.) I’m looking forward to sharing my summer experiences with all of you, and I hope you enjoy reading about my job as much as I’m enjoying writing about it!
what makes me thrive …
Not only do I love watching movies and television, but I love any opportunity to talk about it! I’m thrilled to have found a job where I can do exactly that with other people who are just as obsessed as I am. I’ve been focusing more on TV news this summer, thanks to the upcoming Emmy Awards, but I’m just as interested in film.
The major aspect of all this that I’m passionate about is the conversation regarding diversity in Hollywood- whether that’s racial diversity, sexual diversity, gender diversity, or any other kind! I think entertainment journalists play a larger part in Hollywood’s equality problem than we care to admit, and being able to steer the conversation towards these issues is a responsibility that I take very seriously.
For example, take the latest #OscarsSoWhite controversy. While Hollywood’s lack of roles for people of color is the overarching issue, it’s the responsibility of reporters to give people of color their due place in the Oscars conversation from the get-go. If we’re not generating buzz about the right people and the right performances, progress will never be made. But enough about that for now- I’m sure I’ll do plenty of complaining about Hollywood’s internal problems in my blog. And let’s be honest: what really makes me thrive most of all is complaining about things.