I’m a recent MA graduate from PSU’s Communication graduate program. I earned my BA from the University of Oregon in 2007 with a double major in Spanish and Journalism with an emphasis in magazine and news-editorial. While I was there I wrote for the university’s daily publication, The Oregon Daily Emerald, which covered topics focusing on the many people, culture, and faiths I encountered there. One of my articles won second place in the best feature category for the 2007 Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association competition. After graduating I earned my TEFL Certification (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) in Phuket, Thailand and taught English in Seoul, South Korea.
I came to the Communication graduate program because of my love for journalism and a desire to expand my knowledge of communications. In my second year as a graduate student, I worked as a graduate assistant in the Fisheries Department of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service where I wrote feature stories for their web site and publications, and created short movies, as well as press releases and social media.
My thesis combined my interests in journalism and endangered species issues by examining sources, blame, and solutions framed within media coverage of the sea lion/salmon controversy at the Bonneville Dam here in Oregon. I’m currently working on editing this piece of work for publication with my thesis chair, Dr. Cynthia-Lou Coleman.