I have always been a talker. I was always that kid who just refused to stop asking questions.
I would ask about anything and everything, and normally would follow it with yet another question. However, thankfully, as I matured, I learned a way to make use of my talkative personality as a means to encourage my investigative pursuits. I began to realize that questions are worth asking, but that I just had to learn how to ask the right ones, the ones where the stories lay. Stemming from my love of talking and passion for stories, I quickly discovered that journalism was might be a good fit for me.
I began to write personally and for my school newspaper; however, my fervent interest in journalism never truly sparked until I attended the New England Center for Investigative Reporting’s Summer Investigative Reporting Workshop.
At the program, I was surrounded by people just like me, people who wanted to ask questions. I was immersed in an environment that was begging us to ask these questions, and I was guided by incredible instructors who taught us just how to be successful in doing so. Through lecture-style classes, Q&A sessions with notable journalists, and workshops writing our own investigative pieces, I learned the fundamentals of investigative journalism, while also being exposed to a peek into the life of a “real-world” journalist. By conducting my own interviews and researching a topic that I had a personal interest in, I discovered how gratifying it is to write and learn about something you feel so passionate about.
At times it was challenging, but it was always rewarding. I was continuously dared to ask more, to uncover more, and to never stop finding more. At the Investigative Reporting Workshop, I was driven to explore the world around me, and I found my passion in doing so. Not only did I discover that my passion is journalism and the power that our words hold, but I was taught how to be successful in pursuing this passion of mine. In Boston, I was taught how to be a journalist in a world that needs more of them.
For more information visit http://studentprograms.necir.org/high-school-summer-investigative-reporting-workshop/
Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, I am a sophomore at St. Mary's Episcopal School. I currently serve as a Reporter and the Head of Social Media for my school newspaper, Tatler, as well as being on the Board of Authors for an online magazine, Grrlpunch. Along with this, I am the Chapter Co-Founder and Chapter Leader off my school's I AM THAT GIRL chapter, Mandarin Council Events Co-Chair, Sophomore Class President, Facing History and Ourselves Club member, and grant committee member of the St. Mary's Community Fund. Outside of school, I can be found running, painting the mural my friend and I are working on, volunteering, or playing softball with my sister. In last few years, I have discovered a love and intrigue for journalism, which has led to me to considering it as an area of study in college and even a possible career route later in life. As for right now, I enjoy writing for Tatler and Grrlpunch and simply as a personal hobby on the side, but I cannot wait to see where it takes me!