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“Learn always to question authority.”: Land of Gazillion Adoptees chats with Sheena McFarland “Learn always to question authority.”: Land of Gazillion Adoptees chats with Sheena McFarland

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a bunch of adoptees attempted to create an organization called the International Adoptee Congress (IAC).

Unfortunately, the IAC didn’t work out.  Nevertheless, the adoptees who were involved continued on with their kickass selves, and remain rockstars to this day.

Dear reader, we give you one of those adoptees – Sheena McFarland.  Enjoy.
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Land of Gazillion Adoptees: What made you decide to be a journalist?

Sheena: I wanted to be a journalist for a variety of reasons. First, I wanted a career where I could help people, and I felt that journalism would allow me to help people navigate their worlds. I also loved to talk with people and write, so reporting fit really well.

LGA: How long have you been with the Salt Lake Tribune? How did you end up there?

Sheena: I have been with The Salt Lake Tribune for seven years. I started in May 2005. I ended up here because I earned an internship and scholarship during my senior year at the University of Utah, and I began the internship after I graduated. I worked hard, and they hired me after I completed it.

LGA: Cool. What would you say to aspiring adoptee journalists?

Sheena: I would say that journalism is a passion and requires a huge amount of work, but if you love it, it doesn’t feel like work. It’s something you live and breathe every day, even if you’re not on the clock. Be curious about your world and explore it by asking people about what’s happening around you. Learn always to question authority. Work for your school papers, from junior high and up. Take on leadership roles there, especially at your college papers. Read several newspapers every day. Write every day, even if it isn’t going to get published. As an adoptee, your perspective and understanding of the world is unique and will help you ask questions or see stories no one else will think of. Always trust your gut, and don’t shy away from hard work. It will always pay off in the end!

LGA: Word…

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