The first day I moved to Bushwick, Brooklyn, I witnessed a building go up in flames.
I was close to the fire, and my millennial brain propelled me to whip out my camera and snap away. I didn’t just want to post them on social media, though, so instead I sent them to a hyper-local news website called Bushwick Daily.
A woman named Katarina Hybenova responded, publishing my photos rapid fire.
No one was hurt in the fire, so I felt slightly less guilty about loving the process of witnessing and reporting on something. In the end, I thought, “why not give local journalism a try?”
I submitted myself as a contributor, and a week later I was sipping cocktails on a sun-soaked patio with 10 other writers and Katarina herself.
Immediately, I knew she’d be a blast to work with. She’s was a platinum blonde boss babe with an amazing sense of humor, and she called me Mishka, which I just loved—it’s one of my nicknames, yanno!
I soon learned that she’s also a stellar content manager, thoughtful editor and a natural leader.
Her rap sheet includes positions as digital editor at massive local news website QNS, as well as founder and editorial director of Bushwick Daily. She was also a 2014 fellow at Tow Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism.
…oh, and she used to be a lawyer. How badass is this woman?
I thought she would be the perfect gal to interview for the launch of our brand new series, Drinking Coffee with Writers. So, without further ado, check out her top tips for writers and find out how she spends a typical day (hint: it involves getting up at 5:30AM to write) after the jump.