Alana Goodman

Age

28

Location

University of Massachusetts, BA in Journalism

Twitter

@alanagoodman

BIO

Alana Goodman is a staff writer for the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Beacon, she was assistant online editor at Commentary. She has written for the Weekly Standard, the New York Post and the Washington Examiner. Goodman graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 2010, and lives in Washington, D.C.

Why is it important that at this particular point in time, right-of-center youth become involved publicly, whether in politics, media, their communities, or in other capacities?

I think it’s fantastic for anybody, regardless of political affiliation, who is observant, curious, and has a healthy suspicion of authority to get involved in journalism. Right now it’s even more important for college students who lean right to get into reporting, because the field is dominated by leftists. When you have a whole lot of people in an industry who all share the same ideology, it creates blind spots. Journalists who happen to be conservative will often catch stories that their liberal colleagues overlook.

What must elected officials and others in positions of leadership do to make a right-of-center message resonate with the Millennial generation?

Don’t be phony. Talk to the press. Be transparent and speak to voters honestly. Avoid cliches. Millenials aren’t monolithic, and I don’t think there’s a simple formula for reaching out to them. There was a sense in 2012 that young people voted for President Obama because he offered free birth control and other handouts. I think they actually voted for him because they felt he was authentic and they had a connection with him — or at least more so than his Republican competition. If conservatives figure out how to do that, I think they’ll have more success.

Where would you like to see the conservative movement in 10 years — and how can it get there?

Less apologetic and a lot more cheerful. I’d also like to see more conservatives go into mainstream jobs in cultural sectors, such as Hollywood, the news industry, publishing, etc. There are plenty of liberals in these fields and people rarely question whether their political views prevent them from doing their jobs. Conservatives are also capable of separating work and politics. They shouldn’t have to worry about being blacklisted because of their views.

Thirty Under Thirty 2015

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