So, welcome to Inland, Carley Lintz! What will you be doing for the association and our members?
(Laughs) Well, I just started with Inland so I’m not sure I can totally answer that question yet. I’ll be helping (Director of Membership and Programming) Patty Slusher with programming, member services, webinars and events. My title is programming and membership coordinator.
What were you doing before coming to Inland?
My last job was with Content That Works. I’d been with them since I interned while majoring in journalism at Medill at Northwestern. I was an assistant editor, and eventually became the custom content editor. We produced a lot of native advertising, and I was working on new projects like newsletters for various organizations.
Content That Works began in Chicago. What’s your Windy City connection?
Well, as I said, I interned with them as a Medill student, and after graduation I worked full time. When (Content That Works was sold to Evening Post Industries) in 2016 I moved with them to Charleston.
But you’ve felt a call to Chicago for some time.
I grew up in Gardner, Kansas, which is about 45 minutes southwest of Kansas City, in a big family. That was a really nice place to grow up as a kid. But I fell in love with Chicago when I was 14 years old and took my first trip here.
And when did you feel the call of journalism?
My dad is an English teacher and debate coach, and my mom was with parks and recreation in Gardner. They both instilled in me a love of learning and creativity. I was the one who was always checking out too many books from the library. In (high) school, I loved writing, but I didn’t really love creative writing. One day my English teacher said, “Oh, you write like a journalist.”
And a light bulb went off in your head?
Yeah. I started looking into colleges, and Northwestern was at the top of the list. Honestly, I didn’t think I’d get in. At Northwestern I worked on North By Northwestern (a quarterly magazine with a robust daily digital news site) and I was with the marching band.
So we’ve got to ask: You’re a young person joining an association with deep newspaper roots. Don’t you worry about the medium’s future?
I think the changes in newspapers were just starting when I was starting journalism school, and it feels like a completely different landscape now. But I also feel strongly there will always be a place for newspapers—and especially for local news. I think the journalism industry at large is realizing they have to show their value, to show that they’ve always been the voice of their community, the leaders of their communities. The prevalence of this “fake news” phenomenon shows that local newspapers are valuable—and they always have been. That hasn’t changed.
So what was it about Inland that made you interested in working here?
Part of it is getting back to Chicago. But when I came here I saw that there was a team that is small and hard working and dedicated—and that is something I liked about Content That Works. I felt a similar vibe when I came here.