As a part of my college experience, I spent time editing and writing for our school newspaper, The Record. This weekly publication allowed me to expand my knowledge of journalism writing styles and refined my editing skills beyond what I learned in the classroom. Being involved in journalism is where I learned how to tell other peoples’ stories and to help the community become aware and connect to the bigger picture.

I was fortunate to have lead stories published and to become more connected with the community that I was in as well. I have listed some links below to stories that I have written. They have been published in-print and on the website for The Record.

Please feel free to click on any of the links below to read the full versions of the documents.

Proposal for underpass at a standstill: April 2010
This story was awarded 2nd place for “Non-Deadline Story” by the Indiana Collegiate Press Association on April 2, 2011.
As Goshen College aimed at building a long awaited train underpass, no progress was made as the college awaited design approval from the cooperating train company.

Life in Balance: February 2010
Certified health and fitness specialist Terri Detweiler aimed at providing a fitness environment for her clients that eliminated the intimidation and pressures from society. The catch is that it’s for women only.

The rise of the vaccines: September 2009
As the number of cases of H1N1 rose in 2009, Goshen College placed high priority in providing their students, faculty and staff with vaccines even as  availability declined.

Photo credit: Emily Miller

Photo credit: Emily Miller

Photovoices: Telling the Stories of the Latino Community in Goshen, IN
In the Spring of 2011, I had the privilege of being a part of a group of Latino students who were put together by the Goshen College Center for Intercultural Teaching and Learning. Our goals were to record the community’s strengths and concerns while promoting critical dialogue and knowledge through photography that hopefully would reach policy makers.

In order to connect to the growing Latino community in our area and to tell their stories, we met twice a week to engage in dialogue about the issues important to us and our communities and brainstorm ways in which we could accurately tell those stories to the broader community. During this time, we went through photography training to learn about camera exposure, composition, subject matter, Adobe Photoshop, and matting and presenting photos. We then took those skills, guided by the questions and concerns we came up with in dialogue, and took pictures to go along with the narratives that we created.


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