My career in journalism began the second semester of my freshman year, when I took a Journalism One class that sparked my interest in what I would eventually find to be my passion. I joined the Mountain Vista Media (MVM) staff my sophomore year as a reporter and received the opportunity to tell the stories of students at my school through two publications, the Eagle Eye Newsmagazine and the Aerie Yearbook, as well as multiple online platforms. As I continued my career in the program and moved from a position as editor to my current role as co-editor-in-chief, I dove deeper into story telling and became strongly invested in reporting accurate and relevant news that left an impact on my community.
In the process of sharing stories and news with the school, I built a variety of skills that shape my ability and versatility as a journalist today. I learned how to seek out depth in my photos and writing, design meaningfully for both of our publications and use the power of video as an outlet for important information. I also learned to value the vital responsibility of a journalist to tell these stories in an ethical, factual and thorough manner. Eventually, I grew to teach others the same skills and concepts as a leader in the program that I love today.
Most importantly of all, however, is the fact that my journey to the point where I am now was not travelled on a perfect road. I succeeded on many occasions but failed equally as many times to adequately fulfill my role as a journalist and leader. It is these experiences, good and bad, which guided (and continue to guide) me to create my best work as well as progress towards a mastery of the profession which I hope to someday achieve.
The following compilation of my work was produced with the utmost passion for the truth and depth which all journalists should seek to convey. It represents the investment I have made in the people residing in my community and school and the impact that I strive to leave behind every day.