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SPJ Student Rep. Candidacy

Hello! I’m glad you found my page and I hope you take the time to read the reasons why I decided to run for the Student Representative position. As a Midwest girl and coming from the “Show Me State”, I hope to show SPJ what the students want and let them be heard on the national level.


“To inspire successive generations of talented individuals to become dedicated journalists.”

As a part of SPJ’s mission statement, I found this section to be the hook, line and sinker for me. Across America, there are various student chapters, pro chapters and SPJ communities that provide a place of belonging. This organization allows journalists of all ages to come together to work towards common goals and further one another’s knowledge.

By hosting conventions, journalism workshops to locally pairing up chapters, we remind and inspire each other to encourage and maintain the rights under the First Amendment, provide the general public timely and accurate information as well as creating a proactive environment for journalists to work. I feel that it is my mission to ensure that all journalists find their niche and then turn that passion into inspiration for other journalists to chase and succeed in their dreams.

At different points in our life, we find ourselves being unsure of a direction or pathway to take. The beauty of journalism is that it is a free outlet for many individuals to voice their opinions, ideas or newsworthy information.  As journalists, we invented thinking outside of the box. Our jobs range from print, broadcast, to online. That may seem small till you think about hyper local newspapers to The New York Times, amateur radio to national radio and television stations, to my personalwebsite all the way to

I believe that SPJ is the place to inform and inspire journalists to find their career and hobby outlets. As an organization, we can help others find what their truly passionate about and then turn that passion into a lifelong commitment to become dedicated journalists.

SPJ Bio:

In the fall of 2013, I became a member of SPJ and pursued my time to help create astudent chapter at Lindenwood University.  I was elected treasurer of the LU Chapter and have been a representative at various campus  and community events. Our chapter has also held a Journalism-Lab, First Amendment Free Food Festivals and open meetings for other students to check out our organization. I have had the pleasure of attending the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute and the Region 7 Conference. I look forward to attending #EIJ14 in Nashville and reuniting with old and new members. I love meeting new people and as an ambitious new member I cannot wait to network and listen to other’s stories and recommendations. I want to become the student voice and have the opportunity to represent SPJ student chapters coast to coast. As a Midwest girl and coming from the “Show Me State”, I hope to show SPJ what the students want and let them be heard on the national level. I hope to earn your vote to become a Student Representative for the 2014-15 year.


Presently: A storm spotter for Illinois and Missouri for the National Weather Service, Writer for The Legacy, Anchor for LUTV News and sideline reporter for Lindenwood Men’s Basketball.

3.8 GPA and Dean’s List

Previously: 2013 Lindy Award Winner, 2012 Elliott Publishing Summer Internship, 2011 Youth to Washington Winner, 2011 FBLA 1st Place for Immerging Business Issues, 2010 Adams County Fair Queen.

Read my full resume here.

Thank you for generously taking the time to read over my candidate page and I hope to earn your vote to become a Student Representative for the national board. I’ll see you soon in Nashville!

Voting will take place electronically via email during the Excellence in Journalism 2014 conference, Sept. 4-6. (Even if you don’t attend the conference your still eligible to vote!)

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COM 135 Review

I can’t believe finals week is already here! My first semester of college has been a memorable one and I have learned so much information that I can take with me for next semester classes. In high school I can honestly say I wasn’t the type of person who studied for any tests and still managed to get good grades. But after attending Lindenwood, I realized I have to put in a little more effort. I have enjoyed my classes being more challenging and making me think more during assignments. Luckily, COM 135 was at the top of my list of classes I was glad to have taken.

Defining journalism as a whole could take up to a hundred pages to explain and describe. I’ll keep this short, sweet, and to the point. The highlights that I have learned have been the history, the role models, and the future of journalism. People have been writing and publishing stories from the start of early America all the way back to the roots of Europe. Journalism continues to evolve around the generations of people. Some people such as Benjamin Franklin to Edward R. Murrow who have shaped the way we view journalism today. With journalism acting as the fourth estate, the American people can rely on the journalists for letting the truth be known. This causes me to be hopeful and excited to what the future of journalism will be like. With technology being the main focus on how journalism is published, I look forward to working with smartphones, laptops, and mobile tablets.

My advice to future students would be to take notes over the slide shows in class. The slide shows had key information for test which was very helpful. This leads me to the next piece of advice, SHOW UP TO CLASS! Many class discussions made it easier for me to remember information that we learned in class. Next I would say to brush up on how to use social media. I never had a Twitter or Tumblr account until I took this class.

I believe the major strength of COM 135 was how much work we do online. I absolutely loved having no physical paperwork in the class. Having my iPhone made daily photos fairly easy to complete and having a deadline for our posts kept me on track. The only weakness I see is that I did not use my book. I know the slide shows were based off of the information out of the book, but I think we could have gotten away with not buying the book at all.

My favorite blog post was number three, where we interviewed someone born before 1970. I interview my Bunny and was able to connect and learn from her. Creating my own questions and conducting an interview was a great way to improve my skills. I wished we had another assignment like this one and the one where we interviewed international students. Overall COM 135 was a wonderful introductory class.

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I’m just in “awhhh” after looking at all those jobs listed on As of today I haven’t found a minor to my journalism career and just having an emphasis in news writing isn’t going to cut it. I’ve realized I need a minor that I can spin off of to help me find a career I can be passionate about. The job titles vary from producer, videographer, reporter/anchor, editor and so on. If I were graduating tomorrow, I believe I would stay on the path of having journalism as my major with a minor in digital cinema or something within communications.

I luckily found not one but two job openings in Quincy, Illinois which is basically where I’m from. Quincy is considered a small market but has two TV stations, KHQA and WGEM along with other radio stations in the area. WGEM-TV is seeking a multimedia journalist. The job description includes: “someone who has the skills to develop sources, can work a beat, can own stories, can go live smoothly, can do fill-in anchoring, can shoot video and can edit it on non-linear equipment.” My goal between my junior and senior year is to intern at either station during the summer time. Being that Quincy acts like my hometown, I know local news anchors, political personnel, the high schools, and many other important elements. This is a benefit because I have ties and connections to people I might have to interview for local stories. For shooting video, I would have to take more courses since I just completed video production. And I would know the location of where to film a particular story because I know the surrounding area. Filling in as an anchor would be what I looked forward to most of all. Finding stories and writing my own content would still be a challenge but I will be able to find leads from all the towns-people I know. I firmly believe after I graduate from from Lindenwood, I will have the qualities and personality newsrooms will be looking for.

The second job opening posted was KHQA-TV looking to hire a producer. The job description includes: “someone who is outgoing/curious/able to work independently, is well organized, can multitask in a chaotic environment, has good news judgment, knows a wide variety of subjects, is proficient in social media, is innovative/personable/willing to participate in station promotions and is a good time manager.” The social media part rang a bell in my ear. For weeks we have been beating a dead horse over how important it is to keep up and learn how to produce news information over social media sites. I believe with a social media class under my belt and years of real world experience could potentially get me hired for this job. But this isn’t something I can apply for until I build my resume. I will also have to learn more skills inside the control room such as TV production techniques and media law. I will also have to be well rounded in political science, sports, and weather along with local and international news. I haven’t had to deal with a media crisis yet, but when I have my first job I will learn the real pressure and stress journalists must work through every day. After dealing with meltdowns through myself and colleagues, I will have a better idea on how to manage different situations and get the news produced cleanly on air. I am determined to succeed in the world of journalism and trying different careers can only broaden my horizon.

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Good Luck and Good Night Research

 Good Night and Good Luck remains a popular movie in America because of extraordinary journalists. Edward R. Murrow was a CBS reporter who became famous during World War II. He was able to broadcast about twenty bombings over berlin and uncovered horrors of the Nazi death camps. Later he hosted his own TV show, See It Now. He is most remembered for his investigative case of Milo Radulovich that then lead to him to create a television program uncovering the truth about Senator Joseph McCarthy. Edward’s last job was being the head of the United States Information Agency and was appointed by President Kennedy.

Fred Friendly was Edward Murrow’s producer and also worked for CBS. In 1964, Friendly became the president of CBS news. Years later, Fred made the bold choice to air I Love Lucy reruns instead of live senate hearings about the war in Vietnam. He resigned from that job and became an advisor to the Ford Foundation and helped to create the Public Broadcasting Service. Fred then became a professor and he started a series of media and society seminars. These conferences became the Fred Friendly Seminars, and they bring journalists together with judges, educators, politicians and other people to discuss the ethical, legal, and public policy issues.

William Payley is the man who founded the CBS television network in 1927. When he was younger, he attended the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School that helped him become successful. Because of William’s leadership, the network grew with the development of color television. Payley is well known also for the quality programming and episodes that aired like MASH, I Love Lucy, All In the Family, and The Ed Sullivan Show. William was a hard worker and enjoyed his job so much; he ignored a company policy to retire until his death in 1991.

Another journalist who got his start at CBS was Joseph Wershba in 1944. Joseph’s main line of work was writing, corresponding, and editing film along with being the producer of CBS’s 60 Minutes. He attended and graduated from Brooklyn College, then started his early work with radio. Wershba was also involved with See It Now and helped people recognize Senator McCarthy’s Red Scare was untrue. Joseph is mainly remembered for being nominated for the Pulitzer Prize on his story about Lee Harvey Oswald. He was also honored with many awards such as two Emmy’s.  

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