Matthew Rose (Class of 1990), Chief Enterprise Editor, Wall Street Journal

How did CLS get you ready for the world of work?
CLS taught me how to think. It also taught me how to handle different ways of thinking, given the wide array of styles and personalities among the teaching staff, from the strict and formal (Griffin, Short) to the utterly madcap (Keates, Knight) and the deeply, confusingly Socratic (Dyke). Figure out how to navigate all that and there isn't much you won't be able to handle.

What was your first job?
I was hired by The Wall Street Journal in London as a news assistant, which meant I was paid a paltry sum to make coffee, monitor the internal (pre-email) message traffic, cut clips out of the newspaper and learn how to be a reporter under the guidance of a bureau chief who loved to teach. It was, as they say, a lucky break.

Your biggest professional achievement?
i'm still at the Journal, now a senior editor based in New York, and in 2018 we started publishing a string of investigative stories about then-President Trump and his relationship with a porn star. At the time, the stories seemed important, but it wasn't clear to us whether there would be any great impact from figuring out how the Stormy Daniels payoff scheme worked and how it might have violated federal law. And then, this year, the first president in American history was indicted, and the charging documents read pretty similarly to what we reported five years earlier.

Your most challenging professional moment?
The Trump presidency. That's arguably true of the entire profession.

What inspires and motivates you at work?
1) That journalism, when we do it right, can make people smarter and better informed about the world. 2) That it can have an impact on people's lives and lead to positive change. 3) That it's a collaborative team sport in which the power of the collective is awesome to behold when it cranks up.

One piece of advice for pupils and other Old Citizens about getting into your profession?
Just start somewhere. Sometimes a career----not just journalism, but perhaps especially so----can resemble a cold swimming pool. Dipping your toe in will only make it seem more daunting. Sometimes you just need to dive in, swim around a bit and see what it feels like. Also: Make full and unashamed use of alumni connections from school and university.