Worth Corn, Journalist
By Ashley Runnion
Worth Corn graduated Western Carolina University in 2004
and quickly began his career as a journalist. "WCU
helped me fine tune my English skills, and allowed me to explore
some of the ins and outs of both journalism and writing in
general—both creative and not," claims Corn.
A journalist's path
After moving back to Cullowhee, NC in 2008, Corn worked for
The Mountaineer in Waynesville, NC as a writer, designer,
and copy editor. Shortly after graduation but before working
at The Mountaineer, Corn was the sports editor at
The Stokes News in Stokes County, NC for nearly four
Corn uses his writing and editing skills daily. He
writes three to five stories per week for The Guide,
the arts and entertainment section of the paper, and edits
countless other sections. The rest of his time is spent editing
copy for The Biltmore Beacon, a free weekly paper
for the Biltmore community in Asheville, NC.
A truly inspirational job
Corn's typical day runs from 8 am to 5 pm, five days a week.
He spends his mornings working on layouts and fills his evenings
writing stories and answering emails. The passion of interviewing
people inspires Corn to come to work every day. When he works
on a story or conducts an interview, he sees people's faces
light up with enthusiasm, and their enthusiasm is catching.
Knowing that people are interested in contributing to his
story keeps Corn excited about his job.
The best advice Corn can give, in regards to journalism
and life in general, is to be flexible. "Stories
fall apart sometimes, so you have to be willing to shift your
plans and refocus from time to time," says Corn.