Camden Public Library will host two young female journalists, Cecelia King and Christine Simmonds from Courier Publications, Thursday, Aug. 6, at 6 p.m., for an online presentation about their “Journeys to Journalism.” The program will be hosted on the Zoom platform. Email to request a link to attend.

King is a 19-year-old writer with a background in New York City government. She will discuss the important connection between local journalism and local politics and touch on the challenges she has faced as a young woman trying to navigate a career in both environments. King will reveal the impetus behind her ambition to do more long-term investigative projects and travel to write about international politics.

“I have no idea what I want to do with my life yet,” said King, “so one of the main reasons I love to write, aside from practicing my writing, is to discover new perspectives and new ways of living. Perhaps I'll discover how I want to live along the way.”

Simmonds is a journalist for the Courier-Gazette and a writer for Maine Women Magazine. Before she transitioned into journalism, she spent many years as a special education teacher. She will talk about what it is like being a reporter during the time of COVID-19, as well as how she made the leap to being published in magazines. In her free time, Simmonds goes to the gym and plays percussion and the ukulele.

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