By Brandi Wylie ’24
Anna Lee Hoffman ’23 used her Wofford journey to prepare for a summer working in the world of journalism.
Hoffman, a humanities major and sociology and anthropology minor from Milton, Georgia, is spending her summer living on campus and serving as a remote editorial intern for Charleston Magazine. This is the second editorial internship she has held. She spent last summer with Local Life magazine.
At Wofford College, she serves as the visual media editor for the Old Gold and Black, Wofford’s student-run newspaper. She has held numerous roles with the paper and works in social media marketing for many on-campus organizations.
These experiences have allowed her to build skills while finishing her degree. Two of the most important skills she’s learned are communication and patience, since much of journalism comes from obtaining information that other people hold.
“I’ve learned to be flexible since I am always at the mercy of other people,” Hoffman says.
Working in journalism has allowed Hoffman to develop strong communication skills and hold herself accountable, especially since she is working remote this summer.
“Changing my environment and creating an actual work environment for myself is what works best for me,” Hoffman says. “I think it will be a little bit easier in the future because a lot of journalism jobs are office positions, so I will have a designated work environment that I won’t have to create for myself.”
She recognizes that journalism careers often don’t have traditional hours, so she is hopeful that having the experience of molding her own working environment will help her succeed in that regard as well.
“I know I want to do something in journalism, so acting as an editorial intern and exploring that has allowed me to see that my passion lies within the field, but maybe in something more creative, such as layout and design or advertising,” Hoffman says.
Hoffman’s many experiences have shown her just how fast-paced and ever-changing the world of journalism can be, making her even more eager to begin her career in the field after graduating.