Lee, who first learned to write in England with a fountain pen, recalls typewriters, copy paper, and a “very early computer system” at her first journalism job. Today, in addition to her reporting work, she posts stories online, blogs, shoots video, and tweets to over 1,000 followers.
“It’s a completely different world now,” she says. “The timelines are different, the media are different, the way you write is different.”
Fortunately, Lee thrives on the change.
Lee explains that as a business reporter at the Vancouver Sun, whenever she writes a story, she needs to learn the background of whatever she’s writing about—whether that means finding out more about small-business tax laws, acupuncture, or the film industry. Her interview subjects explain things to her until she “gets it”—and for Lee, this is a job perk.
“My job is about learning every day. And that’s why I like it.”
She’s sharpened her evolving skills on the job, through the US-based Poynter Institute, the Editors’ Association of Canada, and SFU Continuing Studies.