Bachelor of Journalism, 1999
To build a site that now gets one million visitors a month—I can step back and think, ‘I created that.’
When Pete Pachal started the one-year bachelor of journalism degree program at King’s, he was immediately struck by the school’s sense of support and community.
“Everybody who was there wanted to be there. When you have people who really want to work hard, great things happen.”
Buoyed by the program, Pachal decided to test his mettle further and complete his one-month internship (a requisite for the one-year journalism program) in New York City.
“It was a good opportunity to see if being in New York was something I really wanted,” he explains. “I applied to every paper and magazine I was remotely qualified for or interested in. And I lucked out.”
Pachal spent his month working with New York Magazine—a weekly that gave him plenty of opportunities to test his abilities and learn from his mistakes. Following that experience, he vowed to return. After graduating, he flew to New York with nothing but $400 and a credit card. “I gave myself three weeks to find work,” he says. Luckily, he found a magazine job in two and a half.
Sound and Vision, a consumer electronics magazine, gave Pachal his foothold in New York. Six years later, he moved from working for an outlet to creating one. NBC Universal wanted to develop a technology site for Syfy, its science fiction cable channel. Pachal’s site DVICE, would extend the
Syfy brand to tech junkies, with a daily blog about innovation in technology, science and design. “To build a site that now gets one million visitors a month—I can step back and think, ‘I created that.’”
DVICE may be a huge accomplishment, but since 2011, Mashable has been his home. Pachal now spends his days covering the tech industry, from self-driving cars to self-destructing smartphones. “It’s work certainly—there are always deadlines and things to do,” he says. “But it’s definitely the best job I’ve ever had.”