Reporting on the Reporter – Think Kit

December 5, 2013 By Tom

This post is part of Think Kit by SmallBox, today’s prompt: “Interview at least one other person about their favorite moments of the year. Share what you heard.”

My goal was to interview somebody who interviews others for a living today.  I reached out to a few friends that are in the media industry, and one of my counterparts at the Speak Easy, Christine DiGangi, stepped up to the plate this evening for a casual conversation.

Christine writes for a variety of different publications that focus on finance and has a pretty impressive writing resume (and is also participating in Think Kit).  The dynamic of turning the tables and asking her questions in a casual conversation was interesting in itself after seeing her sit on many phone calls asking others questions.

I prompted her a few different ways before the discussion just started flowing and it centered on her effort to grow as a person in Indianapolis in 2013.  She used several words that highlighted the passion she has found for the city including “embraced” and “engaged” in terms of how she has interacted with Indy and grown as a person because of the city.

Those topics led to discussions of her volunteer work with a variety of organizations, obviously something I am interested in given my non-profit roots.  She shared with me about her time spent with Indy Reads and helping teach others how to read, the vision she has to help others find the same love of reading she holds.

With a huge smile and excitement though, she told me a conversation she had with somebody while there about that “love of reading”.  The gentleman couldn’t understand why she read for fun with the book in her hand.  The discussion that ensued helped her share that you can read to enjoy something, a magazine or a book or anything that catches your interest.

What was clear to me in the conversation was the joy she truly got out of seeing success in her efforts, ultimately as a writer it becomes imperative to insure that others do enjoy reading as to appreciate the work others put in by putting pen to paper.

Thanks Christine for your time and letting me write about our conversation!