Whitney Helm is our latest contributor, and that means she’s the latest person to answer Through the Cracks’ 5 Questions.
Until recently she was a reporter for Beloit Daily News and now works in marketing at a college in Wisconsin. Helm will focus on stories about news startups and investigative journalism.
Want to be a Through the Cracks contributor? Get in there.
Through the Cracks: When was the last time you laughed until you cried?
Helm: I’m sure there has been a more recent time. But I remember being in a movie theater watching Kick Ass 2 and a certain line caught me off guard. I don’t remember what it was but I do remember it was hilarious.
Through the Cracks: What are you working on right now?
Helm: I’m currently working on the art of writing the press releases and not receiving them by doing communications and marketing at a Wisconsin college.
Through the Cracks: What has surprised you about or captured your interest in crowdfunding journalism?
Helm: Everything. I’m coming into this very green. The journalism industry changed a lot between when I was 15 and decided to be a journalist and when I graduated college at 24. I’m excited to dive into how crowdfunding will continue to change the landscape of the field.
Through the Cracks: Why are you a journalist or photographer or generally awesome person?
Helm: I’m a lover of talking and sharing. That’s what initially drew me to writing in the first place, journalism was just a way to combine what I already love. Every story starts with a conversation.
Through the Cracks: Why did you decide to become a contributor to Through the Cracks?
Helm: I want to learn more about crowdfunding and the best way to do that was to dive in and get to talking.