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Qualifications in the Newsroom

When I first arrived in the Bay Area, I picked up Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. It’s probably the most cliche thing I could’ve done. It’s not like it wasn’t available in Memphis, but I knew that coming here, I had something to learn. (I still do, always.) I wanted to read about what a woman on the inside of a tech company would be able to offer as advice, suspecting that I’d probably end up at one due to their sheer saturation.

Since reading that book, one statistic — quoted not only by Sandberg but others talking about the “confidence gap” in women — stays in the back of my mind. The statistic comes from a Hewlett-Packard internal report, summarized succinctly in the Harvard Business Review by Tara Sophia Mohr in 2014: “Men apply for a job when they meet only 60% of the qualifications, but women apply only if they meet 100% of them.”

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How This Works

Welcome to Alexandra Works.

Hopefully, this blog will not become my own personal indulgence, but I may ask for time to time for you to indulge in my prose. There’s a few things this blog will cover, since my interests range wildly as most others’.

I’m Alexandra. I’m a former journalist from Memphis, Tennessee. In my current job, I now do far more web and analytics work than actual journalism, but you can see my resume for yourself. The short version is I moved to San Francisco in the summer of 2017, and in the process, I wrote a goodbye love letter to Memphis. Since being here, I’ve realized that I’d like to help more journalists understand the Internet.

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