We invite you to get to know a little more about the employees of NYVT Media each month through an informal Q&A. This month we put reporter Jay Mullen in the spotlight.
What’s your job title? I am a reporter for the Whitehall Times and the Granville Sentinel.
What does a typical work day look like for you? Usually I will start my day looking through my email to see if there is anything pressing that needs to be attended to. Then I will look at my list of stories and go over what needs to be done for those. That includes what interviews need to be done, what meetings need to be attended and what art is needed to run with those stories among other things. Each day looks different, but that is usually what my day will consist of. If there are meetings that are scheduled I will make sure I have all of the information needed for them. If I have interviews scheduled I will write up questions to ask. If art is needed I will schedule a time to snap a few pictures.
Who inspires you? A few people inspire me to be the best version of myself that I can be. But if I had to pick just one (family excluded) it would be my old professor, advisor and good friend Dave Blow. I learned everything I know about journalism and communications as a whole from him. Having him as a mentor is something I am thankful for each and every day.
How would your friends describe you? My friends would describe me as a creative, friendly and driven individual who isn’t afraid to go after his dreams. They know me as someone who works hard and always does exactly what is asked of him.
What motivates you in work and in life? The thing that motivates me in work and in life is just the drive to be the best version of myself. My family plays a huge role in that for me. Them along with my partner Mel inspire me to always work on myself as an individual and my work to ensure that both are the best they can be.
What 3 items would you take with you on a desert island? This is a hard question. The first thing I would bring is my guitar. I love music, and seeing as how I won’t be able to bring both my record player and my records to listen to music, I will have to settle for making music myself. I would bring a tablet of some kind to keep all of my ideas and thoughts written down. The reason for it being a tablet is that I would have to bring a pen or pencil with me if I were to chose a notebook or journal, and that would take up my third slot. My third and final item would be one of my favorite books Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.
Which historical figure would you most like to meet? I would love to have a chat with former president Franklin Delano Roosevelt. I think it would be incredibly interesting to hear about the great depression, World War 2, and all of the other things that he witnessed during his presidency.
What’s the best place you’ve traveled to? The best place that I have traveled to was Montreal, Canada. The first time I went was with my partner Mel and she and I got snowed in at the place we were staying. That sounds like a pretty bad way to spend your time visiting a place, but for me the memories that we made during that trip will always stay with me, and Montreal will always hold a special place to me.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? The best piece of advice that I have ever received was from pretty much every member of my family. They always encouraged me to always stay true to who I was and what I wanted to do in my life. If it wasn’t for them being so motivating and caring I wouldn’t be where I am today. I will forever be grateful for my family.
Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies? I am really into music. I play the guitar and sing in my spare time. I write my own music and play covers as well. I am also a huge sports fan, and will watch really any sport that is on TV. My favorite sports teams are the New York Mets, the Brooklyn Nets, the New York Giants, the Las Vegas Golden Knights, New York City Football Club for American Soccer and for European Soccer Chelsea F.C.