From an early age, I’ve been interested in journalism: sharing stories with others. In elementary school, I remember writing about field trips and events. In high school, I started to get serious about my ambitions in the journalism community.
I served as the web editor for our high school newspaper, where I maintained our social media accounts and started and maintained a website based on WordPress for the newspaper. During that time, I also served an internship with the Boonville Daily News, where I wrote stories on various topics. I eventually wrote radio scripts for KMZU-FM, a local radio station, on our city council meetings.
At the University of Central Missouri, I’ve been a part of The Muleskinner staff since the second semester of my freshman year. There, I’ve fulfilled design roles, covered police/crime beats and various other topics ranging from maintenance issues to light-hearted feature pieces. At The Muleskinner I also converted our crime section from text to an interactive Google Map that displays the location of crimes in easy-to-read formats.
In addition to my professional life, I’ve also dedicated some free time to blogging about computing history, technology history and hobbies. Two popular sections on my personal website are dedicated to AT&T’s Long Lines network and Kewanee Boilers.
I’ve also volunteered at a non-profit organization during high school, where I served as a webmaster. I developed their website using HTML and CSS from scratch. In that role I also collected and shared viewer statistics with the organization leaders via Google Analytics.
When not writing or designing, I love computers. Before settling on journalism, I was wanting to go into computer information systems. I’ve done a lot of research on the history of computing and I’m working on a special project about computing history at UCM. I’ve also written numerous webpages about computer history and computing.
When not writing, I like taking pictures in my spare time. Even when all I have is my cell phone, I take numerous photographs each day. I guess I get that from my grandmother – who was also an avid photographer.
I occasionally break out and cycle my way around, as I’ve also started riding my bike around campus.