Lauren Hertzler, a reporter at the Philadelphia Business Journal, started her professional journey here at Temple University as a journalism major that was very involved in opportunities for aspiring journalists on campus. Hertzler, who chose the print/news editorial track within her major, came to Temple in September 2009 and graduated in May 2013.
Hertzler chose the journalism program at Temple because of the abundant internship opportunities in a large city. As a freshman, Hertzler became a student writer for the Temple News and by her junior year she became the copy editor for the living section.
“I was really involved in the Temple News and it shaped most of the opportunities I had,” said Hertzler, who became chief copy editor of Temple News her senior year. “It set me up for a lot of internships and also helped me get into the study away program in South Africa.”
Like many journalism majors, Hertzler attended the South Africa study away program in summer 2011. With the assistance of Dr. Shenid Bhayroo, a journalism professor at Temple, Hertzler created a video documentary of the first trip to South Africa.
“I was telling Dr. Bhayroo how frustrated I was with technology and creating videos, and when I went to South Africa he urged me to take videos of the trip,” Hertzler said. “I ended up creating a documentary video that won an Emmy.”
Hertzler and Dr. Bhayroo won in the Long Form: Fiction/Non-Fiction category of the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Emmy’s on September 22, 2012 for their inspiring documentary.
Besides the honor of winning an Emmy, Hertzler was also involved with Templar yearbook and held numerous internships throughout her college years. As a sophomore, Hertzler was an editor for the student life section of the yearbook and then became the production manager of the yearbook in 2011, the summer before her junior year.
Hertzler’s first internship was as an editorial intern at the South Philly Review, a local newspaper. After her internship ended, she continued to freelance for the South Philly Review up until her senior year. Hertzler also held internships at the Philadelphia Business Journal and a local technology magazine, Technically Philly, as a multimedia intern. Hertzler stresses the importance of having internships while still in college.
“The most important thing for journalism students is to go get internships,” Hertzler said. “I don’t want to sound cliché and say make good networks, but definitely make yourself known.”
Over her college years, Hertzler also wrote for Temple’s Office of International Affairs and was a copydesk intern at the Philadelphia Inquirer.
In March 2013, just months before graduation, Hertzler was offered the part-time copyeditor position at the Daily News and held the position until this past February. Hertzler’s position entailed reading news and feature stories and writing headlines. After she had been there for a bit, she started laying out all the pages in the news section and then editing them.
“I got the connection to the Daily News because I had a copyediting internship at the Philadelphia Inquirer, which is across the hall from the Daily News,” Hertzler said. “I also had so much copyediting experience from the Temple News. Looking back on it, I can thank the Temple News for my first job out of college.”
In February 2014, Hertzler took the position of her current job as a reporter at the Philadelphia Business Journal, with a beat in technology, education, venture capital, energy, and labor.
“I would consider this a dream job because I can’t think of a better beat to have in the city of Philadelphia,” Hertzler said. “I cover a lot of things but I’m mostly branded as a technology and education reporter, so that’s really exciting.”
Hertzler came into college thinking she was just going to write because she wanted to do print journalism, but Temple offered her many more skills.
“Temple gave me an education where I learned how to take photos and make videos, and I’ve noticed that I use all these skills in the position I hold now,” Hertzler said. “I’m really grateful for the experiences Temple gave me.”