November 20, 2023
USA Today's Susan Page talks journalism with students
USA Today's Susan Page (left) meets with students at the Kernel student media offices on campus.
USA Today's Washington bureau chief Susan Page visited with students at the Kentucky Kernel media's offices on campus. The veteran reporter, who's covered seven U.S. presidential administrations and 11 presidential campaigns, talked about the appeal of journalism as career.
“There’s no better job," she said. "It’s always interesting. If it’s not interesting, it’s your fault.”
Page also advised students of the importance of local journalism and working at smaller papers. "You have this ability to have this huge impact,” especially in smaller places, like Smithtown, New York, where she started her career. “You were the source of information for everybody in town.”
The session was hosted by the SPJ campus chapter, headed by Abbey Cutrer, Kernel managing and photo editor. Page was the keynote speaker at the Institute for Rural Journalism’s Al Smith Dinner held in Lexington.