Laine Cunningham

What was your first job as a journalist?
My first real job was a freelance gig for a national magazine. I called in sick to my part-time job to interview local bigwigs.

Have you ever used a typewriter?
When I spent six month camping alone in the Australian outback, I kept a journal every day on an ancient manual typewriter.

Who's your favorite fictional journalist?
Stephen Colbert

What does it mean to be a journalist?
Dive deep into what really matters.

What tools and software do you use to do your job?
Time and mind: time to research and systemic thinking.

What's your favorite social network?

Who do you wish followed you?
Stephen Colbert

What story are you most proud of writing or working on?
"Making the Grade:" Revealed racism and regional discrimination in school test scoring.

What advice can you offer to aspiring journalists?

Don't work for free. Don't buy the "great exposure" crap. Get paid something more than love and copies.