Posts Tagged ‘Theresa Carter’

An Unconventional Career Path

Monday, October 20th, 2008
Doh! It seems I had a typo in my title, which I have now fixed. [display_podcast] City of Chicago Theresa Carter, founder of The Local Tourist in Chicago took a less conventional career path. She graduated with a degree in journalism at the age of 30, knowing that she wanted to work for herself as a writer. After September 11, 2001, Theresa moved from Indianapolis to Chicago to be closer to her son. She immediately fell in love with the city, but soon found that she was having some trouble with the city guide sites, and so she decided to start her own local directory for the River North area of Chicago. With a lot of hard work, The Local Tourist grew into what it is today—a wonderful resource for all things Chicago. I should also note that Theresa was recently part of a team that won an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement for Alternate Media/New Media Interactivity as a part of the NBC Street Team. So what's her advice for students? Networking in person is a big help. If you're looking for networking events to go to (and you should be), start with a basic Google search. If you're in the Chicago area, check out Theresa's site,, Metromix or Business Network Chicago. Mediabistro is also a great source for writers. Once you're there, don't just aim to meet as many people as possible—try to have real conversations with people and get to know them. Book Recommendations