Interview with parks beat writer, Hannah Amadio


Meet Hannah!
Meet Hannah! Photo by Kaci Lewandowski / Multimedia Storytelling

Hannah Amadio is Journalism major at Temple University who has decided to cover “parks” for a semester full of finding interesting events to go to.  Amadio is not a Philly native, so the most famous parks such as Love Park and Spruce Street Harbor Park have always attracted her into the city.  She is excited to jump into this semester and report about whatever adventures she stumbles into. After sitting down with Hannah, her interest for parks and the many things that occur within them was obvious.

Q: Why did you choose Temple?

A: I chose Temple because it had a good journalism program. I knew I wanted to change my major from English-Education to Journalism so I looked up which schools had the top rated program for it and Temple was the closest, best school for it.

Q: Why Journalism?

A: I have always been a strong writer, and I’m not afraid to call people out or tell the truth. I also like to tell stories in ways that make people interested (even if what actually happened was boring) so I thought journalism was a good fit.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 7 years?

A: Writing for a travel magazine or working in data journalism.

Q: Your most life-changing moment?

A: I guess when I decided to switch colleges from Grove City to TU. My whole life changed after I got in. I used to have no direction and be miserable at school, but now I have great friends and I’m looking forward to my future.

Q: What is your beat topic?

A: I have Parks.

Q: What made you choose this as your topic to begin with?

A: The parks in Philly are where I have spent most of my time when I’m here. I’m not a Philly native, I’m from the suburbs so when I come down to center city for a date or an adventure I always wind up at a park like Rittenhouse, Love or Spruce Street Harbor.

Q: What is something you have learned here at Temple that is important for your future career?

A: I have learned that I have to be technologically savvy in order to get anywhere. I can’t just rely on the good writing abilities that I have. I have to learn how to make it more interactive for online readers since print is dying.

Q: Has there been a professor that stood out to you thus far?

A: Jillian Bauer is the greatest! She really connects with and wants to help her students in any ways she can.

Q: What/who inspires you daily?

A: My fiancé, Evan. He’s the reason I get out of bed and go to school. I want to have a good future with him and live a successful life.

Q: What is something that you feel will make you a great journalist?

A: I’m not afraid to say what everyone else is thinking. I’ve always been that way and I think it’s a strength, especially when hard topics will inevitably arise.


Written by Kaci Lewandowski

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