Hometown: Carthage, South Dakota
Track within your major: Professional Journalism
Why did you decide to become a journalism major?
I’ve always enjoyed writing and wanted to do that as a career. Throughout middle and high school I began following the news more and more, so pairing the two seemed to be a great fit for me.
Are you pursuing any minors, internships, or fields of interest outside your Journalism major? If so, how do you think these enhance your study of Journalism?
I’m planning on minoring in cultural studies and comparative literature. I also work at the Minnesota Daily, and hold an internship at APM Reports through the school’s practicum program. Both the Daily and APM internship have really helped augment my studies and get me some real-world experience, which is great. The minor is a little bit out there, in comparison, but many of my classes discuss representation in differing media forms - television, movies, music - and that’s helped me think critically about the way I go about my work.
What has been the most interesting experience had while working at The Daily? What did you learn from this experience?
It’s tough to single out a moment. I was arrested this last summer covering a protest, which was obviously a huge deal, and that’s one of those experiences that is tough to articulate what it was like. It was one of those moments that I’ll never forget, and it certainly helped me better understand how to manage unpredictable events. Outside of that, the best part of working at the Daily, or in journalism period, is just meeting so many different people and getting to hear their experiences. You’re being trusted to tell people’s stories. Its a ton of responsibility, but also what makes the job so rewarding.
What is your dream job?
I’d love to write features or profiles for a magazine like The New Yorker.
What advice do you have for future HSJMC students?
If you’re interested in print journalism, write for the Daily or Wake! If you’re interested in something else, find an appropriate organization to get some experience. You’ll meet great people and get some really awesome experience in a setting where the stakes aren’t quite as high and it’s expected you’re still learning. Just don’t be afraid to get involved.