When I was Editor-in-Chief of The Ball State Daily News, I was in charge of writing all editorials. Over the course of the Spring 2015 semester, I wrote an editorial on student media’s Open Access issues for Sunshine Week and on Ball State’s response to Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. In the Indiana Collegiate Press Association’s 2015 competition, I won first place for my editorial on the alerts protocol at Ball State. I’ve also received a certificate of merit in editorial writing in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s 2015 Gold Circle Awards and second place in editorial writing in the Hoosier State Press Association’s 2015 Better Newspaper Contest. In the Indiana Collegiate Press Association’s 2016 competition, I earned third place for both my column on marriage equality and my editorial on student media’s Open Access issues.
In addition to writing editorials at The Ball State Daily News, I also wrote several reviews. My review of Steven Hendricks’ book Little is Left to Tell was published in The Broken Plate literary magazine. Since February 2016, I have managed my own book and TV blog that primarily features media with diverse characters. Check out 100 Story Reviews for examples of my writing.
For my capstone project, I wrote a research paper entitled Overcoming Issues of Trauma, Audience, and Marketability within Portrayals of Slavery in Young Adult Literature. In the paper, I use the novels Sold, Trafficked, and The Winner’s Curse to explore the impact on slavery in young adult literature as a result of the complexities of trauma, marketability, and empathy. For a preview of the paper, take a look at this interactive presentation.
While at The Ball State Daily News, I wrote a variety of news and features stories. When Ball State alum David Letterman retired, I wrote an in-depth feature article exploring his time as a student and a talk show host. I also was lucky enough to design the front page package for the article. Some of my other articles include a staged reading of a brand new musical, the aftermath of a university flood, and the production of a creative writing anthology. When possible, I also used open source tools like StoryMap JS to produce dynamic material.
I also worked with two other writers to create a critical film guide for Django Unchained for an issue of the Digital Literature Review. As far as creative writing, I have worked on a series of designed chapbooks. These “I (Eye)” chapbooks explore the blend between written and visual expression. I am currently working on a young adult fantasy novel, a few pieces of short fiction and nonfiction, and plans for a couple future novels and stories.