Andy Kureth '00 manages eight publications within the Warsaw Business Journal Group: a weekly, the flagship Warsaw Business Journal; a weekly newsletter (on real estate); two daily news digests (one in English and one in German); and four annual publications.
"Ultimately I am responsible for the content that goes into all of these, and I manage their production, from content decisions to staff," Kureth said. "I also develop new projects in conjunction with management of the publishing house (Valkea Media) and the group's sales and marketing divisions."
I was an English major and philosophy minor so, by definition, most of my studies involved making, countering, and analyzing arguments. When it comes to publishing an article, you have to take a very critical eye to the arguments that all of the subjects of that article are making, not to mention the argument that the writer is making. Journalism is telling stories, albeit in a specific way, and to do that you need to be very clear about which elements are important and which are not. What information would make your story clearer, more precise, or more accurate? These are the types of thinking skills that Kenyon helped me to hone, and that I use every day at work.
This is a tough question, since Kenyon for me doesn't boil down to one specific experience, but many. Academically, it was probably when I got an A on my first-ever paper for [English professor] Perry Lentz, or when my genius philosophy teacher named a principle after me. It's cliche, but there's simply nothing like walking down Middle Path in the heart of the fall with the leaves on fire with color. The geography of the place makes it very special, and is infused into all of my memories of Kenyon.
I think that if I had to point to one single event, it would be going to Georgia in October 2008, only two months after the Russia-Georgia war, to cover how the country was recovering.
Well, I originally wanted to be a theater major. Kenyon had an excellent theater program, and had a football team and lacrosse team that I could join. When I visited the school, it was clear that Kenyon was a perfect fit for me.