Whether they’re the lines of a headline I’m writing or the details of a study I’m researching, I love working with words. It’s why I have spent almost a decade in the journalism industry, working as a copy editor, designer and Web editor, among other positions.
I discovered I wanted to be a journalist when I was 14 and my mother wrote a letter to the editor to The Dallas Morning News. She wrote about an important topic — the continuation of anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination even at a time when Joe Lieberman was a vice-presidential candidate — and I was impressed by the words of support she received.
After working for my high school newspaper, I attended the University of Missouri, where I graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Journalism degree. I graduated with honors and focused on media convergence, gaining experience at the Columbia Missourian, KOMU-TV and KBIA radio.
After college, I spent almost seven years at The Dallas Morning News, working first on a group of weekly newspapers and then on the iPad app and daily newspaper. I most enjoyed my work as a copy editor, reviewing stories for accuracy, proper grammar and correct style.
I enrolled in the journalism graduate program at the University of North Texas in the fall of 2015. I worked as a graduate/teaching assistant for the Mayborn School of Journalism and returned to The Dallas Morning News as a copy editor before becoming the editorial operations manager at the Dallas Observer.
In graduate school, my research focused on media coverage of mental illness. For example, I’m finishing a study of how newspaper reporters write about depression and what sources they use. I also have written about the topic for The Dallas Morning News.