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Change Makers: Rainier Harris is a teenage journalist sharing advice on how students can thrive in media

WONKedition's interview series Change Makers spotlights Gen Zers that are taking action to change the world.

August 2020
Meet the mind behind rainier’s adventures in media:

Who are you?
My name is Rainier Harris and I’m a rising senior at Regis High School. I’m 16 years old and I’m a freelance journalist based in New York City.

What’s rainier’s adventures in media?
It’s a newsletter for student journalists who are journalists that happen to be students. I think many people my age believe that they have to wait years to “enter” the media industry when in reality they can begin freelancing tomorrow. In the newsletter, I give tips on what I’ve learned so far in my journey through the media industry and advice on topics like pitching, interviewing, and sourcing. I also do original reporting on topics like “Is journalism graduate school really worth it?” and “How to report on youth without being patronizing.”

Why did you start rainier’s adventures in media?
I wanted to have a single space where my advice could go. I have work coming in Business Insider, The New York Times, and CNBC. Many people my age have asked me “How did you do that?” which is a really ambiguous and vague question. I started the newsletter so I could begin to answer that while also sharing my personal journey as I continue through the media industry.

Where do you see yourself and rainier’s adventures in media one year from now?
I hope to have more published in household name publications like The New Yorker and Slate. I want the newsletter to keep growing and hopefully surpass 500 subscribers and maybe even expand into a Slack channel to create more of a community amongst student journalists.

I’m a big believer in the abundance mindset which means there is a place for everybody in the media industry and I hope to keep connecting with other student journalists so that we can learn from each other. You can subscribe to my newsletter at

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- Grace Maddrell takes action for young LGBTQ+ people and solo strikers
- Sameer Yasin started Green Kingdom to help people hurt by climate change
- Laura Muwanguzi gives hope to Uganda's children with sickle cell anemia
- Jacob Cramer’s Love for the Elderly embraces seniors across the world
- Oseriemen Atamewan is challenging all South Africans to plant trees
- Maria Raquel Thomas started a cosmetics business to solve everyday problems
- Ananya Kamboj is a teenage changing the world through sports
- Zaqiya Cajee lets teens swap clothes, for both the looks and the environment

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