When is a reporter no longer a reporter?

Confession: I still prefer to think of myself as a reporter.

It's been years since I worked full-time in a newsroom. I still rely on reporter's notebooks and my shorthand to get through the day. My best friend told me he didn't think of me as a journalist so much any more - and it stung a little. It wasn't a hit to my writing abilities but rather a reference to the evolution toward the work I do now for my own company, Prologue. 

I left full-time writing to master all sides of public relations and social media. At the time it felt like a necessity. The jobs were, and still are, disappearing. Reporting - as crucial as it is - was no longer a stable career choice.

Today I wonder - what is a stable career choice? 

Prologue days offer a little of everything. I can spend mornings advising clients, afternoons developing and executing PR strategies and I still have time to write. I do so every month for VisitDetroit.com and am proud to be an ambassador for the city I adore. I recently appeared on a Podcast Detroit show as well - thanks to The Mike and Shaun Experience for having me despite my lack of a pure radio voice. Last month I proudly spent a few days at the Fox Theatre and Comerica Park, serving in my capacity as a producer at the 2017 TEDxDetroit.

In every case, my journalism background served as the solid foundation for the work I completed. Whether it's working to find an answer, a contact, a new angle or a great connection - I have those days at Michigan State School of Journalism and hours spent in newsrooms and in front of a computer writing, rewriting, editing and finalizing my work to thank for it all.

Every experience we have is a chance to build and grow.

That's what I believe and a bit of what we're doing here at Prologue. Might your business benefit from PR or event promotion assistance? If you're ready to share your story, to find your audience, we can't wait to help.

Stephanie Angelyn Casola founded Prologue as a writer, social media and PR professional with more than two decades of experience in media. She is a TEDxDetroit producer, VisitDetroit.com blogger and admits she is addicted to wi-fi and minimalist design. Stephanie holds high expectations for coffee, craft beer and pizza, and grew up an avid fan of scary movies. Dubbed the "Queen Bee of hustle, media relations and coolness" when she's not working or traveling, she's probably ducking into a movie, rock show or museum. Email her at stephanie@prologuedetroit.com.