Zeninjor Enwemeka is a digital reporter at WBUR, covering all things relevant to people in Greater Boston on wbur.org. Before joining WBUR, she worked as a breaking news writer for Boston.com and spent several years as a homepage producer for the website. Zeninjor was part of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning team for The Boston Globe’s coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings.
She is also an adjunct lecturer at Boston University, where she teaches a class on multimedia and online journalism. Zeninjor is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
“I’ve always enjoyed learning, and in my different job roles I’m constantly growing,” she says.
Enwemeka has enjoyed watching her career build on itself – each job she’s had has helped feed into her next role. Her first job after Northwestern was an internship-turned-permanent position at One Economy Corporation, a nonprofit in Washington, D.C., where she worked as a multimedia producer. Though her concentration at Medill had been newspaper, Enwemeka says she’d always had a strong interest in digital, and had made a point to incorporate as many digital classes into her time at journalism school as she could. And her time at One Economy Corporation helped her continue to enhance her digital skill set.
“I was in a position where I could absorb different skills, and I was given lots of independence and access to the equipment and resources I needed,” she says. “It was a great opportunity to work with people from a variety of backgrounds.”
Enwemeka knew she wanted her next job to be in a news setting, and so when an opportunity to work at Boston.com, she couldn’t turn it down.
“When I was interviewing at Boston.com, they talked about how my video skills would be a good addition to the team,” she says. “When I think about it now, I realize that you never know how one thing will really lead to another.”
During her five years at Boston.com, Enwemeka focused largely on digital but also began moving more heavily to the writing side of things as her time there progressed.
These days, Enwemeka’s title is digital reporter at WBUR, Boston’s NPR station. It’s a role she never envisioned having just a few years ago. She says she enjoys the opportunity to learn yet another set of skills as she dives into the radio side of things.
“It’s interesting now to be in a position where I’m continuing on as a digital journalist, but am also able to go on air from time to time,” she says. “I’ve been well supported in this organization and encouraged to do more, so I’m getting more into the radio side and incorporating those skills into my digital work. It’s been a fun place and exciting place to be.”
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