How do you see the evolution of the newspaper in the next five years?
With how lightning-fast news of the Boston bombings spread via Twitter, I’d say social media is going to become the central hub of the news biz.
Five reasons you love your school:
1. When you shout, “GO GREEN!” almost anywhere in the country you’ll get a “GO WHITE!” right back.
2. Despite a large enrollment of nearly 50,000 students, you’ll always see a friendly face in passing on the way to class.
3. From to the Asian Pacific American Student Organization to Indian Bhangra dancers, the diversity on this campus is endless.
4. Have you seen the Red Cedar? Rain or shine – or more apprioriately snow, because it’s Michigan we’re talking about – that river is the most beautiful sight I’ve ever seen.
5. There’s nothing like painting a big green “S” on your face and heading off to a football game in Spartan gear in the fall.
If you could have any super power, what would you choose?
Back in my high school pageant days (yes I’ll admit to it), I was actually asked this question when running for Miss Davison. I’ll actually give a better answer here and say the power of invisibility. What could be more perfect for an investigative reporter?
Who’s your favorite person to follow on Twitter?
Ever since I began having “coffee-newspaper days” with USA TODAY and Folgers in Snyder-Phillips cafeteria, my favorite reporter has been Haya El Nasser and when I found her on Twitter I was too excited. She is an amazing writer and definitely one of my role models. I’ve been a big fan for years.
If you could travel to any country, where would you go?
Turkey! I made a Skype “pen-pal” after reporting on the MSU Turkish Association – journalism perks – and have been learning the language since. Everyday I learn more about the Middle East from him – an area I think all reporters should spend some studying.
What is the most interesting article you’ve ever written?
Last summer, I covered the trial and sentencing of a MSU student who abused and killed 13 Italian Greyhound puppies. It was an experience, to say the least. But one dog survived the abuse and was found by local animal control in the student’s closet. I tracked down the dog’s new owner and got to meet little Jezabelle. Designers titled the centerpiece “The Dog Who Lived.”
One of the most quirky things about you is…
I had a hamster named Copernicus – Pernie for short – and a pet praying mantis named Cleo last semester. I made a lot of friends wandering around the weeds outside my apartment complex with a tupperware container and pink rainboots looking for flies and bugs to feed Cleo.
What was the last (non-required) book that you read?
I read A Stolen Life – a nonfiction memoir about Jaycee Dugard, who was kidnapped at age 11 and held captive for 18 years a few months ago. I thought which is pretty coincidental I had just read this book considering last week’s news that three women in Ohio were rescued after more than 10 years in captivity.
What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?
A doctor. My little sister was born with a rare congenital heart defect, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, meaning she was born without the left side of her heart. I wanted to fix babies like her so other big sisters could be as lucky as me. That is, until I learned I frequently pass out at the sight of blood. Probably wouldn’t be the most effective doctor! I’ll settle for writing amazing survivor stories about babies like Savannah to inspire others to continue heart defect research.