Kari Iverson, wandering through the cobblestone maze of the medina quarter in Marrakech, Morocco. Kari is a member of The Reporters Inc’s Board of Directors. Read more about her on our “Team” page.

I Need A “Real Job”?

Why A Cookie-Cutter Post Graduate Career Plan Isn't For Me


August 2015

BY KARI IVERSON

I left college two years ago (with degrees in journalism, global studies and Spanish from the University of Minnesota). If you asked me on graduation day what my dream career might be, I would have told you I wanted to be a television news foreign correspondent. But today, I have a completely different answer. The post-graduate cookie cutter plan isn’t for everyone, and it’s definitely not for me.

Most of my friends and acquaintances jumped onto a career track, full steam ahead. One began working as an intern for one of the largest marketing firms in Chicago; another moved to New York where he’s a digital producer for the People’s Choice Awards.  Other friends ended up working in the craft beer industry or for the U.S. Government; some took corporate jobs at home in Minnesota with Cargill or Target.

But as for me, well, I’ve travelled to 13 countries during this same time period. And I’ve worked as a waitress, English teacher, production assistant, freelance writer, blogger, a nanny, and a gardener.

As my peers all began to climb the ladder in their various careers, it became increasingly apparent to me that, in their minds, I was left lingering in the dust of their ambitions. (more…)

Timothy Cole, as seen in his 1985 Lubbock, Texas mug shot. Cole was falsely accused of raping a fellow Texas Tech Student; Cole’s story is explored in The Reporters Inc.’s upcoming documentary about wrongful convictions in the U.S.

Osagie Okoruwa, director of The Reporters Inc.’s new documentary, “The Innocent Convicts.”

The Director Behind “The Innocent Convicts”

Why Osagie Okoruwa Wants Justice For All


August 2015

If you ask filmmaker Osagie Okoruwa why directing The Innocent Convicts is so important to him, he answers, “Freedom is a precious thing. We must work together to prevent the incarceration of innocent people.”

The Reporters Inc. has partnered with Osagie, who goes by “Ossy” for short, to help him turn his vision into a feature-length documentary.

Ossy moved to the U.S. from his native Nigeria in 2009 to attend Texas Tech University where he’s currently studying media strategies. After graduation he hopes to “be at the forefront of independent media production that would educate, enrich and impact society.”

At Texas Tech, Ossy learned about the tragic wrongful conviction of Timothy Cole. Cole was convicted of raping a fellow student in 1985 and sentenced to 25 years in prison. He never wavered in his insistence of innocence, up until his death in prison (from an asthma attack) in 1999. Shortly afterwards, DNA evidence cleared Cole after another man came forward and admitted to the rape. (more…)