Journalist of the Year Portfolio




Part of the reason I fell in love with journalism in the first place is because of design. As a sophomore, I used to spend hours on end sifting through Pinterest looking for design inspiration or on YouTube learning any new Adobe InDesign shortcuts. Today, I still find myself doing just that because I've always believed how a story is packaged is one of the most important parts of any story.

My design work has received national recognition from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and the National Scholastic Press Association, state recognition from the University Interscholastic League and local recognition from The Dallas Morning News. But by using basic elements of design such as themes, dominance, contrast, eye flow and balance, I'm able to create a dynamic relationship with readers. In a sense, design is a journalist's chance for a first impression with a reader — it's an opportunity to direct the reader to the stories we have so carefully planned for them.

Even the most well-written story will be glossed over if the design gets in the way. That's why you might find me on a computer in my office in the publications suite late after school working on a page, an infographic or a photo illustration. Because I believe visual storytelling and traditional storytelling must go hand-in-hand to give the reader the complete story. And design is at the core of everything The ReMarker and Focus Magazine does.

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