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Gig: Social Storyteller

Name: Sophie McNeil Wolf

Age: 24

Job: Marketing Coordinator at Millsaps College

Name: Sophie McNeil Wolf Age: 24 Job: Marketing Coordinator at Millsaps College Photo by Sully Clemer Photography/Courtesy Sophie McNeil Wolf

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I've always wanted to be a journalist. My mother used to say I had to be the first to know it and the first to tell it.

Describe your workday in three words.

"Never the same."

What tools could you not work without, and why?

My iPhone, my Macbook pro and my Canon Mark 5D (camera). I spearhead all the official photography on campus, so I'm the one that you'll see with a camera around campus all the time. I also manage all the main social media accounts for 
the college.

What steps brought you to take on this position?

Knowing that I wanted to be a journalist, I starting writing for all sorts of publications starting in high school. I wrote for various publications and did three internships--at the Jackson Free Press, Mississippi Magazine and in the marketing/communications department of St. Dominic's. At the University of Southern Mississippi, I got a journalism degree, with emphasis in news/editorial. Then, right out of college, I was the marketing manager for the Jackson Convention and Visitor's Bureau, doing similar things to what I do now. And that led to a job here.

What's the strangest aspect of your job?

It's my job to kind of be the eyes and ears of campus, so it's my job to find out what's going on. That might mean I'm looking around the Bowl (a grassy area on campus) for people doing interesting things to photograph without them noticing, and then I go ask them afterward if I can use their photos.

What's the best thing about your job?

I think it's being able to tell the story of Millsaps--I think it's really rich. And having the flexibility to really find what the story is. And it changes every day.

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