Stacey Kennelly, Class of 2013

Student profile: Stacey Kennelly

Why did you decide to apply to and attend the J-School?

I loved my job writing for an alternative news weekly, but I knew I needed multimedia experience to tell the kinds of stories I want to tell. I was also worried that I'd fall behind working in a traditional newsroom because the rest of the journalism world was changing at such a rapid pace. Basically, I felt out of the loop and wanted to reach my full potential as a journalist. I knew I could survive for a few years in the print industry, but the question that was always at the back of my mind was, "What's next?" I was also anxious to be surrounded by enthusiastic and talented journalists like the ones at the J-School. It appealed to me that the instructors at the J-School were working journalists themselves.

What were you doing before you applied to J-School?

Before I applied to the J-School, I was working at an alternative news weekly up in Chico, CA, where I completed my undergraduate studies. I wrote for every section of the paper, and it was there that I transformed from a reporter, writer and editor to a full-fledged teller of stories. Before that, I spent a few summers at Butte County's daily newspaper, but I was depressed by the emptying desks and the lack of enthusiasm from the veteran reporters that surrounded me. I also maxed out the journalism major at Chico State and completed the online sequence, but I still didn't feel like I had the kinds of technical skills I'd need to adapt to the changing nature of the journalism industry.

What do you hope to learn this year?

I'm eager to learn audio and video, as well as improve my photography skills.

What do you hope to do post-graduation?

I have so much to learn during these next two years. Ask me in 2013!


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