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Luke Kerr-Dineen

luke 1Tell us about your career.

I guess my career started when I enrolled at USCB in 2008. I became an English major my freshman year and quickly joined the school newspaper, which helped me get summer internships in-between semesters: First at Hilton Head Monthly on the island, then at USA Today in Washington DC.

After graduating in 2012 I worked at Newsweek/The Daily Beast for a year while getting my Masters degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City, and from there spent two years as an Associate Editor at Golf Digest magazine. Now I'm back Washington, this time as Social News Editor for USA Today's sports website ForTheWin.

What do you like about your job?

Lots of stuff. Media is such a fascinating place to be right now, and I love feeling like i'm on the cutting edge of it. More than anything, though, I love finding pieces of information and delivering them in a way that readers like. Sometimes that means a long, reported-out story. Other times it means a video, or a picture, or a series of GIFs. When you get it right, watching it fly through the web is exhilarating.

How has something you learned in English at USCB helped you in your career?

People think they need to go to college to learn the 'technical' stuff, but the truth is the technical stuff changes all the time, so it's basically dated as soon as you learn it. Majoring in English is so great because it teaches you the things employers actually care about: to be well read, to communicate well, to parse through problems and to be open minded -- to be smarter, basically. Majoring in English teaches you how to solve problems, and once you can do that, figuring out the technical stuff is easy.

luke 2Any advice?

Read and write as much as you can, and be diverse in your habits. If you're interested in media -- like me -- you'll be a better journalist if you read fiction. You'll be a better fiction writer if you know how to write concisely and factually. You'll a better businessman if you appreciate the classics. The list goes on. Reading and writing helps you think expansively, and you'll never be able to do it as much as you can in college.