A feature article I wrote in September 2010 on a journalist I attended SUNY Purchase College with.
Junior journalism major Lisa Eadicicco always had an interest in writing. Her adoration for making stories from the written word stems from her childhood.
“In third grade I’d love when we had to write stories with our vocabulary words for the week,” she said as she flipped her long hair behind her shoulder. “I took a creative writing class in my senior year of high school and I absolutely loved it. It was so much fun,” she said. “We wrote fiction, screen writing, bits of everything.”
She said her interest in music has also been a big inspiration for her writing.
“I played the drums in a band in junior high and I played the guitar as a freshman in high school,” she said with a smile, eyes squinted beneath brown bangs. “I was into magazines like Spin, Rolling Stone, Alternative Press. I’d love to write for them,” she said. “Now that I’m really into journalism, I’d write for any publication.”
Eadicicco said when she first got into journalism, she wasn’t sure what to expect, but decided to major in it because she liked to write. “In journalism, it’s all about the hard facts and to me that’s interesting,” she said.
According to Eadicicco, she was in for a rude awakening when she took J1. “I didn’t pay attention to the news and it was intimidating,” she said with wide eyes and raised eyebrows. “It was mainly because of my teacher, Donna Cornachio. She was a hard-ass and I’m glad she was.”
Eadicicco interned for SUNY Purchase’s online news source, The Brick, last year and is now the assistant editor. “It’s a fun and entertaining environment,” she said, although the job is time consuming and requires lots of work.
Another interest of Eadicicco’s lies in broadcasting. “I took a broadcasting class last semester and it got me interested in TV.” Though she’s nervous, she’s excited about writing scripts for The Brick and is looking forward to being in the TV segments. “It’s a lot harder than it looks,” she laughed. “I just have to get over hearing my own voice.”
Jen Eadicicco, Lisa’s sister who is three years older said Lisa was always very social.
“Ever since she was a kid she was outgoing, never shy at all,” the older Eadicicco pointed out. “She’s good at what she does. Journalism was a good choice for her since she likes interacting with people,” she said. “I remember one time while she was in preschool, she was running out the door, excited to go, not like most kids,” she said. “Lisa has to go out every day and socialize.”