“Now that’s a story,” is one of my favorite phrases.
Students protesting? I’m there live streaming video. Hidden budget crisis? I’m up late googling bookkeeping terms. A leader refusing to comment on why they’re leaving? I’m in their office asking for answers.
As the news editor for Pacific Lutheran University’s student-run converged newsroom, I’ve found unique opportunities to tell newsworthy stories while remembering my responsibility to seek truth and report it, minimize harm, act independently and be accountable, as described in the Society of Professional Journalists code of ethics.
But, my passion for telling stories goes beyond the page. When I’m not covering breaking news, I enjoy exploring the relationship between media and social justice within the communities that surround me.
While studying abroad in Granada, Spain, I volunteered at a school for underserved young children. I sang the itsy bitsy spider in English and they taught me the names of rare insects in Spanish.
Their teachers described the hardships some students and their families had faced and I created a multimedia presentation to highlight the ways community members could help them further their educations.
Since returning to the U.S., I have explored different vocational paths within the broad field of communication and had the opportunity to intern at The Olympian, a local newspaper, and Alaska Airlines.
I plan to continue telling valuable stories after I graduate in May 2018 with my Bachelor of Arts in Communication with minors in Hispanic studies and Women’s and Gender Studies.
Armed with a freshly signed diploma, passion for storytelling and years of professional communication experience, I’m excited to search for my next opportunity.