When I was in seventh grade I traveled to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to aid with rebuilding homes in the city. Before I left on this trip I was assigned by my teachers to write a reflection on my experience. Once I returned home to north Idaho, I began to write about the impact the hurricane left on the community and the victim’s stories began to pour out on my paper. The day I turned in my lengthly reflection, the testimonies of New Orleans were shared amongst teachers and in the hallways of my middle school. I noticed that I had made an impact exposing the hardships from one side of the country to another. From then on, I wanted to be a journalist. Throughout my career I want to make a positive impact on society by exposing voices to make a difference.
From day one in my high school journalism class I was hooked. I took every journalism class offered at my high school and after four years of those classes I worked up to being an editor on the school newspaper. It was then I attended national journalism conferences in Seattle and San Fransisco. Our paper was ranked nationally in the top 10 overall high school newspapers. In addition, I received personal awards in magazine layout and design.
When it came time for me to attend college I furthered my career into the journalism world by majoring in communications at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming. There I worked as a student in the public relations department and a part of a broadcast production staff at KCWY news station. Surrounded by news and relationships with the journalists at KCWY, I felt at home working in the field and aimed my gaze toward broadcast journalism.
I moved to Coeur d’Alene Idaho for my second year of school at North Idaho College where I had the opportunity to work as a photojournalist for the Coeur d’Alene Press. The most memorable story that I covered was the fatal shooting of a police officer. Seeing the impact of public safety in the community and covering that event was a moving experience because the community was extremely involved with the story and donated time and money into the support of law enforcement and their families. I held the task of visually covering the fallen officer’s funeral and was very nervous. I knew that this was going to be a sensitive event. It was then I remembered the community and those who will be relying on me to be their eyes on the story. Once again I was motivated to create the best photos to tell this story for the community.
After getting my associates degree at North Idaho College I wanted to pursue my studies further toward obtaining a bachelor degree at Boise State University. I was employed as a photographer for the communications office at Boise State as well as a Post Production Supervisor at a small business called SkyBlue Media.
I now work as a digital producer at CBS 2 in Boise where I write stories and take photos for Idahonews.com and publish content to social media channels. I also promote our digital coverage on air.
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