January 11th, 2010 21:13 EST
John W. Lillpop Interviews Judy Piazza, CEO/Editor of SOP
SOP readers have long enjoyed the informative, entertaining, and exciting interviews that Judyth Piazza conducts and writes about. However, not many know that much about the star of The SOP, Judyth, herself.
John Lillpop recently conducted the following interview with Judyth to learn more about Judyth Piazza and what makes her tick.
WHO IS JUDYTH PIAZZA?
Can you share a little of your personal history with your fans?
Charles Reade once said, "Sow an act and you reap a habit. Sow a Habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny."
These words have a lot of meaning to me. As I review these words in my head, it becomes clear to me. If I want to have a life that I can be proud of, I must have a road map to lead me in the direction of my destiny.
It has always been a dream of mine to become a professional Journalist and then later become a professional Novelist.
I remember as a little girl growing up in New York running around the house with an old Polaroid camera around my neck and my Dad`s old fedora hat shouting - PRESS- Just the facts please.
When most little girls were asking their parents for Barbie and Ken dolls for Christmas, I was asking my parents for Peter Parker and Clarke Kent dolls. Even as a little girl, I knew that super heroes and Barbie dolls were not real, but super writers were.
In the fourth grade, I remember terrorizing all the neighbors in the neighborhood where we lived. Even though America is the land of literary choice, this was not the case in my neighborhood. All of my neighbors were forced to subscribe to the Piazza News Day. Chief Editor, me, Judyth Piazza.
I can also remember running around my mother`s kitchen with a wooden spoon in my hand, screaming from the top of my lungs, LIVE FROM NEW YORK, its SATURDAY NIGHT!
Even today, when I look back as a little girl all I could think about was that I had to be on television. I had to find a way that people on a large scale could hear what I had to say.
I knew I wanted to be famous. However, when following any road map there is always more than one direction one can choose.
There are short cuts, toll roads, detours, and the long way around. In the first part of my life, I took the long road. The long road led me to marriage and children.
In short, the children worked, but the marriage did not.
In continuing the pursuit of my destiny, the road in which my journey was to proceed, led me back down that familiar path of daydreaming and longing for something better. But now not just for myself, but for my children as well.
I pulled down that old dusty word processor that had been used to hold up boxes in my closet for so long and I began to type. At first, I began to type a letter to myself. I am not sure why, I think it was an attempt to exercise my emotions that had been building up inside of me for so long.
However, what started as a letter to myself, with no direction, slowly became entries in a journal. Then the words became answers on a college application.
It seems to me now, that the road that I was on was again, the road that would allow me to realize my dreams.
In closing, I would like to ask you to think about the words of Jimmy Dean "I can`t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to reach my destination."
Birthplace: Patchogue, NY
AA Degree Journalism and Public Relations
BS Degree Organizational Communications
Marital status: Divorced
Family: Son, Tucker Benjamin, Daughter, Hillary Paige
When did you become interested in journalism?
I have been interested in writing since I was a young girl, however, I did not pursue writing or journalism until I started college in 2003.
What are your Hobbies, Passions?
I enjoy flying Ultra Light Aircrafts as well as snorkeling. I love long walks on the beach and nothing is better than curling up on the couch to watch a movie. I also have an interest in historical military tactics. The Art of War is one of my favorite books.
What about your professional background?
I have worked as a communications professional since 2003, including the CEO/Editor of the SOP, radio show host, Content News Manager, news anchor, executive editor, and freelance writer.
This is the work that I love--so it is really not work at all!
My work has been recognized by my peers with the following professional awards:
2004/2006 " 2 time winner - The Italian American Civic Association scholarship
2004 - American Association of University Women scholarship
In order to stay informed and connected to other professionals and the community, I maintain the following affiliations:
Member of the Concerned Council of Journalists
National Press Photographers Association Member
The Florida Press Club Member
Member, Association of Women in Communications
Special professional skills:
I have worked to learn every aspect of the communication profession from computer programming, HTML, Adobe Photoshop, News Content Management software. I have a firm understanding of flash media and most Microsoft Programs.
THE SOP STORY
SOP was established in August of 2005. However, we did radio campaigns 6 months prior to launching The SOP.
SOP traditionally stands for Standard Operating Procedure. When I named this business venture the SOP, it was meant it as an oxymoron, since I would not be conducting business as usual.
Another reason is that in the beginning, I knew I would not be able to pay writers; so the idea of The Student Operated Press made sense.
Last, but not least, I knew that we would eventually be commercially successful and look to abandon the "student" label without loosing our presence and recognition on the world-wide web; hence our new name, The SOP.
The SOP organizational structure is based on Masonic and fraternity traditions, thus the SOP eye.
THE SOP MISSION STATEMENT
In the spring of 2003, a single mom decided to change her destiny. After returning to school, Judyth Piazza began to carve out her place among millions of adults who return to college every year.
Judyth immediately realized that she had a natural talent for expressing herself with the written word, as well as an passionate hunger for news and information.
With that self awareness to guide her, Judyth began to seek out any venue that would allow her to publish her work. Through the help and guidance of websites such as The Calder Gazette (www.calder.net) and The College Press (www.thecollegepress.com), Judyth was able to develop stories and have them printed for the world to see, which eventually lead to her success as a nationally known print and broadcast media personality.
Also, she parlayed the experience gained by producing and hosting her own radio programs on The College Press to syndicate herself as a radio personality, producing and broadcasting six programs on three frequencies.
Judyth Piazza`s journey has lead her to create a student career assistance foundation, The Student Operated Press (www.thesop.org).
The SOP helps students become better writers, but it also helps develop leaders by providing a platform where students and writers are able to create a story, have it edited by their peers and proven media professionals, and published for the world to see.
The SOP also offers online broadcasting opportunities and scholarships.
Thesop.org provides all of the opportunities that exist in all major global media outlets, besides providing opportunities that far exceed those in traditional corporations.
The SOP teaches students and writers to uncover the story, find the facts, and present them for world to see and hear. Thesop.org also serve as a network of global watchdogs insuring that truth will prevail.
We are waiting for you!
Over 300 writers from 27 countries have participated in The SOP. However, the level of participation fluctuates as radically as the stock market.
How do you decide whom to interview?
I will interview anyone from an A list celebrity to the underdog trying to get a hand up, and deliberately try to balance the interviews among professionals, artists, business folk, etc. to keep from being bored.
How do you contact the interview subjects?
Mostly by telephone, however I do conduct face-to-face interviews as well. I must mention that 99 percent of my interviews are booked with the help of PR firms from NY and LA. I rarely have to look for guests.
Each interview takes about 15-20 minutes.
Do you take notes and write your articles later? Have any tips for note taking?
I work much better with Audio because I do not write fast enough or collect enough information in my notes to create a good article. I rarely prepare questions prior to the interviews.
What is the most interesting interview you ever conducted? Why?
One of the interviews that stands out is one that I conducted with Yolanda King. It made me feel as if I was a part of history.
Least interesting? Why?
I feel that everyone who has been successful is interesting, in their own way. However, I have interviewed a few "has been" actors that were drunk-- but I will not name names.
Many of your subjects are very attractive and photogenic subjects. Do subjects provide their own photos?
Yes, unless I am interviewing in person.
How many interviews do you conduct in a given a week?
Usually around 15. I presently have a back log of about 100 interviews that have not yet been edited.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
Read the article at the link below for more information;
Many thanks to Judyth for taking time from her busy schedule to share a glimpse of her exciting and inspiring life with her many fans.
Read Dream Reachers to find out more about Judyth Piazza
Judyth Piazza and the SOP were smashing establishment expectations and breaking boring barriers before the IPod wormed its way into Apple. Among the first crop of Podcasters, Judyth transformed the format that defined the possibilities and potential the Internet presents. Listeners around the world enjoy The SOP Radio Network by cell phone, iPod and, to the delight of her fans, also by way of traditional radio.
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