I'm an alumna of the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University in Milwaukee. While at Marquette, I worked for a number of different publications, all which led me to my current position as a special education teacher. In the following paragraphs, you can get a better sense of what I did before I left the newsroom for the classroom.
I worked as the metro news reporter for the Marquette Tribune, the student-run newspaper at Marquette. I covered events and issues prevalent to the Milwaukee and Marquette communities -- including how new laws could affect the city, community events and other issues.
My time interning at Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, an online news source covering urban news in 15 Milwaukee neighborhoods, was spent learning video and audio editing, and producing print pieces.
During summer 2013, I worked at Urban Milwaukee, an online publication focused on providing an informative and open dialogue on the issues, events, and people affecting Milwaukee’s urban neighborhoods. I wrote pieces on up-and-coming businesses, as well as general reporting pieces.
In summer 2013 -- from Jul. 29 to Aug. 3 -- I worked for the NABJ Monitor for the 2013 National Association of Black Journalists Convention & Career Fair in Orlando. I worked for NABJ's Student Projects on the copy and research desk. It was this opportunity that allowed me to further enhance my editing and research skills.
In fall 2013, I began working on two projects. I was chosen as a McBeath fellow -- a position created through a partnership between Marquette University and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in which students are chosen to work as an education reporter for the semester. As part of taking the McBeath Fellowship for college credit, I wrote a weekly blog post chronicling my work. I was also chosen to work as a student assistant for Marquette's inaugural year of its O'Brien Fellowship in Pubic Service Journalism. This academic year, I will work with Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Dan Egan, who reports on the Great Lakes. As a part of my independent study for the fellowship, I wrote a weekly blog post.
During the spring of 2014 I worked as a editorial intern at Milwaukee Magazine. Most of my work focused on editing, fact checking and researching for the other reporters. I was able to work on a semester-long project in which I looked into the issue of civilian Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Milwaukee's inner city.
During the summer of 2014, I covered education in Denver at Chalkbeat Colorado. Chalkbeat is a non-profit education publication, with three other bureaus in New York City, Memphis and Indianapolis. I chose to work in Denver because I had never been there before, so I figured I'd try it out and explore a new city on my own. I mostly covered Denver Public Schools, but had to frequently work with administration and teachers from other school districts.
Coming back to Marquette to finish my last semester of undergrad, I rushed to find something to do to fill my time. I was chosen to be a student intern for the second annual O'Brien Fellowship, working for Washington Post reporter Marjorie Valbrun. That project will be running in the coming weeks.