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College student focusing on print journalism, PR and sports and am looking for opportunities to enhance my skills as a journalist in order to help promote the sport of gymnastics
She is going places. She just doesn't know when or where yet.
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I am currently in charge of editing and proofreading all copy that goes into the 2015-2016 book. I assist the editor-in-chief in recruiting new staff members and brainstorming ideas for the book, and I also help writers come up with unique story ideas, write their stories and additional coverage. I, too, write stories and captions for assigned spreads.
I also act as somewhat of a social media manager by posting on Illio's Twitter and Instagram accounts.
This internship allowed me to further develop my relationships with the Illinois women's gymnasts and coaches as I continued to cover their season. I covered four home meets, which includes recording every routine, doing post-meet interviews and writing a preview and recap. In addition, I did several video and written features.
With the hours of time spent at gymnastics practice, watching and interviewing, I shared plenty of laughs with the gymnasts while being able to do my job. My experience here allowed me to do what I love and hope to do for the rest of my life.
In my third year interning as the University of Illinois Correspondent with FloGymnastics (formerly known as Gymnastike), I have continued to develop professional relationships with the Illinois women's gymnastics team and coaching staff as well as practicing my journalism skills. I have worked with a various people, both from FloGymnastics and the University of Illinois, at this internship, adapting to the changes.
As assistant writing editor, I worked with the writing editor to establish standards for the copy that went into the 2014-2015 Illio Yearbook. I also worked with the rest of the executive staff to brainstorm ideas for the book. My main job was to edit and proofread writers' stories and write assigned stories and captions. I also began running the Illio Yearbook's Twitter and Instagram accounts at this time.
This part of my career allowed me to experience what covering a high-profile gymnastics meet is really like. While I did write some fun articles during this time, the end was the best part. In August, I helped Gymnastike cover the 2014 Secret U.S. Classic and got to sit at press row for the first time! I also received my first media credentials! While it was a lot of hard work doing live updates and writing a recap, it was worth it to gain the experience. Because of this experience, I now know that a job like this is something I want to pursue as a career.
My first year on staff at the Illio Yearbook allowed me to continue my love for yearbook into my college career. (Yearbook was my favorite class in high school.) Being a staff writer for Illio gave me valuable experience in learning about college overall and more about how putting a publication works.
My first time as an intern for Gymnastike was most definitely a learning experience, but it got me to where I am today. It's where the relationships I developed with the gymnasts and coaches began. Most notable, it gave me and up-close-and-personal look at a historic Illinois women's gymnastics team and season. Witnessing historic moments take place right in front of me is something I will never forget. Covering the Illinois women's gymnastics team for the first time gave me more knowledge about gymnastics that I hope to use and build upon in the future.
This was my first internship and first serious job writing about gymnastics. Before I got this internship, I was serious about writing about the sport, but with my work being published by one of the top gymnastics magazines in the country, it gave me confidence that reporting on gymnastics was something I was capable of doing as a career.
Triple Twist Gym Blog is where it all began. Without this opportunity, I'm not sure I would have gotten other opportunities to write about gymnastics so easily. My time here has allowed me to express my love for gymnastics with other fanatics. It has also given me the opportunity to interview my favorite gymnast, which I thought would may never happen.
My dream job would be any job that allows me to use my talents to help promote the sport of gymnastics.