A Kid Secretly Installed The Washington Post's App. Now, The Paper Wants To Meet Her.

"We're all very excited to work for her someday."

On Jan. 10, New York Times reporter Liam Stack tweeted about another burgeoning journalist in his family — his cousin's resourceful and determined 11-year-old daughter, who has apparently been laying the groundwork for a career in journalism for at least two years.

According to Stack's tweet, which has already received upwards of 5,000 likes, the young girl downloaded The Washington Post app without her parent's knowledge when she was only nine, and has been a "loyal reader" of the respected publication for the past two years.

What's more? The girl's infatuation with the news outlet goes far beyond just reading some articles, which is already impressive in its own right. Stack also noted the driven child tells people she wants to study journalism and work for The Washington Post when she grows up, which is the "most specific answer in her class."

As noted by Mashable, Stack's sweet tweet caught the eye of the young girl's favorite publication, and The Washington Post staff extended an "open invitation" for the elementary school student to spend a day at their offices.

In addition to providing the location of some delicious candy, the tweet, below, concluded with a simple but powerful sentence — "We're all very excited to work for her someday."

Though that might not seem like much, an encouraging statement like that stands to have a profound impact on Stack's relative (even though she was plenty motivated on her own) and others like her. Instead of brushing off her interest as something "cute" or trivial, The Post legitimized and validated it, and offered to give her a firsthand look at what it's like to work in a newsroom. 

Stack noted his own interest in journalism began when he was around his cousin's child's age, and many people who commented on his status recalled also being interested in reading the newspaper at a young age.

At a time when the media is frequently the subject of criticism, it is comforting to know there are still young people interested in careers in journalism. 

We can't wait to see what she will accomplish!


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