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Life & Work with Sabrina Proffitt

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sabrina Proffitt.

Hi Sabrina, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I am an Arizona journalist. My journey started at Northern Arizona University when I first started working for The Lumberjack Newspaper. Here, and in my journalism classes, my love for writing transformed into a career. I began as a writer, then became an assistant editor, then the editor of the Culture section. Then, I was hired as the Managing Editor of the paper. During my final semester before I graduated, I was the director of digital content and was interning at the Arizona Daily Sun. Since then, I’ve worked for numerous blogs, newspapers, magazines, and more as a freelance writer. Recently, I started my own digital magazine, The Zillennial Zine with one of my best friends, Ash Lohmann.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It actually hasn’t. Just a few weeks ago, I was fired from my job at an online magazine with no warning and no notice. But I’m not really one to sit around and mope. I took a few hours to feel sad and then I sprung into action. That same night, I had my own magazine up and running, completely designed and ready to go. Since that day, we’ve had daily articles come out and have been working on it full time.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m a writer, so I’m known for my articles, stories, and blog posts. Anyone who follows me on Instagram will see me constantly promoting whatever project I’m working on. The thing that makes me different than others is my drive and that I am constantly keeping myself busy. If for some reason, I don’t have anything going on one week, I make work for myself! I work on learning about social media or search engine optimization, or I call up all of my employers and let them know that they can send work my way. I never sit still and I never really relax. I love what I do, so I love to be working.

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
The journalism industry is definitely taking a turn right now. I love print journalism and I am a huge advocate for print newspapers and print magazines. But, sadly, the world is focusing more on digital publications right now. I’ve been spending so much of my time learning about this digital landscape, like how to use search engines like Google, how to use social media to promote your online work and all of the behind-the-scenes. It’s way more work than you probably think.

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