Julie Wootton, '09
Major: Communication Studies
Current Position: Reporter at The Times-News, a daily newspaper in Twin Falls, Idaho.
Why Whitworth? "After receiving information in the mail and visiting campus, I was struck by the fact that Whitworth seemed to be just the school I was looking for. In particular, the journalism program, the faith-based college environment, and the beautiful campus were selling points."
Whitworth Activities: Performed in the concert band, was involved in small groups, and wrote for The Whitworthian, Whitworth's student newspaper, including serving as its news editor.
Quote: "The wide variety of classes offered at Whitworth allowed me to explore different facets of journalism as a profession and to learn more about my own interests. As a journalism and mass communication major, I found that professors emphasized the importance of being well-rounded and gaining a number of skill sets. At many newspapers, reporters are expected to do more than just write, and Whitworth helped prepare me for that reality.
Influential Whitworth Experience: "By far, working for The Whitworthian was the most valuable career experience during my time at Whitworth. I was news editor for two years, and it was a learning experience to mentor younger student journalists, develop editing and page design skills, tackle more in-depth stories, and learn how to handle time management."
Career Goals: "I'd love to further pursue education reporting, possibly for a big city newspaper or national news organization."
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