Amy O'Leary is the deputy editor for the International desk at The New York Times. In 2014, she was on the team that wrote the company's Innovation Report.
Prior to that she has been a reporter
, a multimedia producer, a digital editor for news and helped manage print-digital newsroom integration in a range of roles over seven years at The Times. Before coming to the Times, she worked in public radio at This American Life
and elsewhere. Her work is best described as digital journalism strategy, new approaches to storytelling and trends in reader behavior that impact news organizations' effectiveness and reach. She has spent her career focused on narrative structure, attention management, and how principles in each discipline are applied to new platforms, and frequently speaks on that subject both nationally and internationally.
If you're looking for career advice:
The web site Transom.org has a wonderful feature that explains how many alumni of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies got their start in radio. Amy's story was posted here: Life After Salt
. This description of her first job at The New York Times and how she found
it is explained in this piece: "From Public Radio to Multimedia"
. Another version of the tale is in the book, "Should I Go to Grad School."
If you are looking for similar radio training, Amy highly recommends the Transom Story Workshops
which are run by my former instructor, Rob Rosenthal — the best radio teacher around.
Amy is happy to talk to journalism students to
offer whatever general advice she can about starting out.