Alumni Spotlight

Kartikay Mehrotra

Why did you choose your major? 

I'd wanted to be a journalist since the seventh grade, so naturally I thought studying journalism was the best way to meet my goal.

What do you feel is special about the NIU program?

NIU offered me a multitude of avenues to work on my writing. From my journalism and English classes, to the Northern Star, the Writing Center and the generous internship credits available allowing me to dedicate my energy to learning in the field. Opportunities to improve are endless. 

Why would you recommend your major program to other students?

If you want to be a journalist, study the history of the profession and hone the basics of copy-editing, writing a lead and fundamental storytelling. These are central tenets of our business that will carry you a long way in your career. 

Is there anything you would like to tell prospective students? 

Supplement journalism studies with another major you can use to build expertise over time. If you're into tech, study computer science and learn to code. If want to write about corporate malfeasance, study finance. If you're not sure, study economics. Also, learn another language.

B.A. Journalism,  2005

Reporter, ProPublica