On our 10th episode for 2019, the WitzEnd Podcast had the pleasure of interviewing a fellow word nerd, Sarah Needleman, of the Wall Street Journal! We cover her experience as a videogame reporter, her favorite part of being a journalist and the best way to reach her for breaking news.
Here are the biggest takeaways from our conversation. If you like what you’re reading, be sure to listen to the whole episode, linked at the bottom of this page.
What is it about the video game industry that keeps you interested?
“Video gamers tend to be the first adopters of new technology. We’re kind of on the cutting edge when it comes to covering this industry. Not to mention, it’s fun! Video games are a form of entertainment, so keeping tabs on the newest games and how it relates to broader pop culture is always interesting.”
If you could choose one person to interview, who would it be?
“Aside from some really famous people that would be fun to interview for amusement sake, I think interviewing Gabe Newell from Valve would be a person of interest. I think that Valve is a very interesting company, and it would be fun to interview them. They haven’t had a lot of press in terms of how the business is run, so that would be a big ‘get’ for me.”
Did you always know that you wanted to be a reporter?
"I knew from an early age that I was probably going to do something in writing. I had a knack for it. I think it was as early as third grade, I can remember a teacher saying to my mother how I impressed her with a paper that I wrote. I thought I was going to be a book writer like fiction and write mystery novels. However, at some point I said to myself if I want to earn a salary on a regular basis, I should put my writing skills to a more practical use. So, I shifted gears towards newspaper right around when I started college.”