A local business woman’s ability to lead

Story and Gallery by KOWHAI ANDERSON

Professional ambition is expected of males, while only optional for females. For one Utah businesswoman, she has chosen to use her professional success to make an impact on her employees, community, friends and family.

Stacy Kelly is the owner of Construction Material Recycling , a Utah based company founded in 2004. Her company specializes in construction and excavation. Its services include rotomilling, heavy hauling and crushing.

At Canyons Resort, Construction Material Recycling is building two new ski runs, bridge embankments and roads for new houses. They handle construction on Interstate 80 through Parley’s Canyon. They recently finished road work at Bear Lake, and construction in American Fork.

Kelly is in charge of 25 employees, all male. According to Kelly, every worker is OK with working for her. In fact, some are honored. Kelly said, “Each employee looks out for me and makes sure I am taken care of. This is due to the type of employer I am. I believe you need to be kind.”

“I think this is something women understand better than men.” Kelly stated. “There needs to be a little bit of compassion.”

Kelly shows this in the way she treats her employees. For example, she gives each of her employees heartfelt birthday cards, filled with loving words and numerous gift certificates. She believes if compassion exists, any leader can have a more dynamic team.

“It’s the little things you think about doing for someone, whether that be work, school, family, friends, whatever,” Kelly said, “it’s those little things that put the icing on the cake to seal the relationship.”

Originally, Kelly didn’t see herself building a career in the construction industry. However, those closest to her felt she would thrive. So, she obtained her contractor’s license, which can only be rewarded after passing a difficult exam.

“I cried all morning the day of the test,” Kelly stated. “I didn’t want to do this…I went to the testing center, and saw a lot of females there as well. I assumed they were all there for the same exam, feeling relief. Turns out, the majority of the women were going in for a cosmetology exam.”

Kelly passed the test with an 81 percent. For Kelly, this was the beginning of her journey in the industry of construction. She realized it would not be an easy road.

“It’s been an adventure.” Kelly shared. “I enjoy doing what I’m doing, but it takes a lot of strength. People don’t believe you are doing it because you are a lady, and my main competition was the worst. Still can be today. He would say to me, when we would see each other at conferences or in the business field, ‘Um, why aren’t you doing scrapbooking like my wife? That’s where you should be!’”

While building the company, it was difficult for Kelly to balance being a business owner and a mother. She still finds it difficult, and says it has been her biggest challenge.

Kelly is a mother to nine children; four with her current husband and five adopted.  

“In the beginning, it was easier.” Kelly said on being a mother. “At the time I had my ex-husband who was part of it. So, we are working together. Now my current husband is not part of the business. He works out of town, which has made balancing everything for me a lot harder.”

For Kelly, her kids have always been part of the business. She includes them in everything she does and has given them the opportunity to work for her once they reach the legal age of 18.

In 2008, Kelly moved to Coalville, Utah. Her company was based in Salt Lake, but moved north to the small town in 2014. It’s been easier for Kelly to have the business close to home. It allows her to be near family. Her kids are able to visit the office, which to them, feels like a second home.

The best part of being a business owner is the freedom to support her children in their activities.

She also loves the ability she has to serve those around her due to self-reliance. Kelly said she enjoys the process of creating, helping and supporting her community.

In Coalville, there is a 4-H program, which helps children develop life skills. Kelly has had the opportunity to fund this. If the children are putting forth effort to work hard, she will support them.

Kelly credits her success to a few key individuals. Ed Hansen, a man who is like a father to her, has helped her find direction. Cody Thorn, her partner in the business, has been there every step of the way. Dave Nicholson, a friend from her Entrepreneur Organization forum (a global business network which engages leading entrepreneurs to learn new skills), has helped her realize she can move forward even when things get difficult. He has been a big influence on Kelly.

“Stacy is incredibly hardworking. She loves her family and the people she works with,” Nicholson said.

Kelly stated, “Dave is the one who saw the light in me and said ‘you can do this.”

Philip Anderson, a member of her EO forum, describes Stacy as “a woman with a heart of gold. She will do anything for anyone.”

The biggest lesson Kelly has learned in business is to never take anyone for granted.

“It doesn’t matter who they are in your company, your family, or your friendship circle, everybody has a purpose.” Kelly said. “We are all on a compass. We can go a million different ways, but as long as we stay focused and centered, then anything is possible.”

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A rotomill machine chewing up an old road, thus allowing the material to be recycled for new pavement. Photo courtesy of Stacy Kelly.

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A visual of the moral compass Kelly and her employee’s follow.

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A rotomill machine paving a road in Provo, Utah. Photo courtesy of Stacy Kelly, owner of Construction Material Recycling.

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An excavation machine being used to create a pathway to a home in Park City, Utah. Photo courtesy of Stacy Kelly.

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A 2018 statistic showing from nawbo.org, showing the percentage of privately held firms by females and males.

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A 2018 statistic from pewresearch.com showing the percentage of labor force amongst the U.S. population.

 

 

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Goalkeeping done right, from TIP Goalkeeping

Story and gallery by JOSH LUDLOW

The first Saturday of October at 8 a.m. was cold. According to the car’s outdoor temperature gauge it was in the high 40s. Freedom Hills Park in Centerville, Utah, sits just under the east mountain side. With rain falling the night before, the grass was spongy and wet. Feet will be soaked within a few steps on the soggy surface. At this time, and place, goalkeepers from across the Salt Lake Valley would gather to hone in their skills.

Brian Simmons, the head of TIP (technique, insight, power) Goalkeeping, is the man running the training program. As the young high school goalkeepers arrive, subtle moans about the hour of day, temperatures, and lack of sleep. Simmons quickly gets them into action to start the morning training session with a few warm-up routines.

Soon enough the goalkeepers are diving on the ground, in the air, and even forward attacking the ball. Simmons directs the efforts of these young players in a positive direction. He provides needed correction but also positive reinforcement when a player correctly executes a save.

The session runs about an hour with much of the allotted time at an intensive work rate. At the end, footprints and cut marks are visible from where the goalkeepers worked as the grass is torn to shreds. Final comments are made by Simmons and then everyone departs till next week’s session.

Simmons discussed TIP and what the inspiration was behind the idea, by saying that, “There was a lot of demand for goalkeeper training where I am based in Davis County, Utah. I was asked over and over about what training I could offer, so after holding training sessions sporadically I decided to formalize TIP so that I could be a consistent resource for the goalkeeping community as well as the average coach.”

TIP Goalkeeping provides young goalkeepers the opportunity to train at a higher level than a typical club team practice would provide. The high intensity, demand for excellence, and positive feedback make these trainings invaluable for the goalkeepers.

“TIP was officially founded in 2017, though TIP trainers have been active for about a decade,” according to Simmons.

Another TIP trainer, Cole Palmer, also said, “I am not sure of the exact time I started with TIP but I believe the first camp that Brian and I did was in the summer of 2017.”

As a relatively new company in a heavily concentrated soccer playing community, TIP found its niche. The opportunity to work with parents and athletes away from the club teams has given the young goalkeepers formalized training. Whereas, at the club levels,  goalkeepers are treated as just another field player.

Craig Waldron, a parent of one of the athletes, described the training TIP provides. “I think TIP is different from other trainings because of how personal they make it for each keeper. They also have  a very good trainer to athlete ratio so there is a lot of personal help with each of the athletes. And trainers that truly want to make better goalkeepers.”

The success of TIP, when broken down, is about the values it represents. Simmons said, “Our aim is to help keepers learn and develop the skills necessary to become great goalkeepers and people… So many goalkeeping principles can be applied to life, and at the end of the day, we care very much that our athletes develop as people in all facets of life.” TIP goes further than teaching athletes how to properly be a goalkeeper. It instills values that these young players will one day look back on and realize they were already developing by attending these training sessions.

Ideally, the training sessions are there to assist in bringing a sense of accomplishment and improvement. Specific instruction is delivered from Simmons and Palmer on how to execute a specific movement, perform the technique correctly, and how to improve what the athlete already knows.

Palmer said, “I think the biggest difference that I have seen is getting kids genuinely excited about training. I have never seen kids show up to training and say they also have a game or even two after but at TIP I see that all the time. It seems like they show up excited and ready to go.”

TIP is also giving back to the community. Once a year, TIP hosts a training session for free to anyone. All that is asked from, those who attend is a donation which will be given to someone or a place in need. This past summer of 2018 TIP was able to raise “$330 to support Eumer, a boy living in Ethiopia,” according to Simmons. The next year TIP is hoping to raise even more money to benefit someone or something.

TIP brings goalkeeping to a completely different level. With multiple trainers, athletes, and philosophies involved, these young players are receiving the skills necessary to enhance their playing abilities and life. Simmons said it best, “I want TIP to be THE authority on goalkeeping in the state of Utah.”

 

Kim Davison

MY STORY:

  • To act, or not to act… There is no question at the Utah Shakespeare Competition

BLOG:

When I was thinking of topics to write about for my enterprise story,
I knew it needed to be something I was passionate about. I threw
around ideas of something to do with Greek life, interviewing theater
companies around town and something having to do with visual art. I
immediately realized that those were too broad. I tried narrowing
ideas down by making them more specific. I finally came to the idea of
writing an article detailing the Utah Shakespeare competition that
happens every fall. I knew it was specific enough, but was also part
of the bigger and more widely know Utah Shakespeare Festival. I knew
that people probably knew about the festival, but probably did not
know that there was a high school competition attached to it.

I was already planning on going down to Cedar City, Utah, for the
competition with my work, so it was a perfect choice! My only worry
was that I was going to be too personally and emotionally attached to
the piece. I competed in the Shakespeare competition for three years
and have gone back working with Youth Theatre at the University of
Utah for the last four years. I knew that if I committed to covering
the competition as a whole that I would not get tied up in my past
experiences. The sources that I chose to use were good ones because
they varied in experience with the competition. I talked to my boss,
Penny Caywood, about her experiences with the competition and what it
has been like to take a non-traditional high school group for the last
seven years. Then I decided that the best people to interview would be
students who were attending the competition. I talked to several
students from different schools; one was competing for the first time and
another had been competing for many years. Their views were
different, but they both shared that the Utah Shakespeare Competition
had been a very positive part of their high school careers.

The writing process for this article was fun and easier than I
expected. Because I had previous knowledge about the basics of the
competition, I was able to dive in and learn more about the details. I
did gather a lot of information, and it was hard to decide what to put
in the article. But when I decided that my structure would be breaking
down and describing each element of the competition, it got much
easier to pick and choose what information actually added to my piece.
Through writing my enterprise story I learned that I like to
incorporate a more playful and informal tone into my writing. I’m not
sure if that is a good or a bad thing, but it is definitely a thing! I
loved writing this piece and hope that you enjoy it and check out the
Utah Shakespeare Festival and Competition in years to come.

ABOUT ME:

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Hi! I am Kim Davison and I am a fourth-year student a the University of Utah double majoring in strategic communication and theatre studies. I am very involved on campus and love everything about the U!

I am currently the president of an online magazine on campus called Her Campus Utah. Her Campus is written by students for students and has been one of the best parts of my college career.

I am involved in Greek life on campus and am a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. I am also on the Greek Council as the vice president of events for Panhellenic. Through that position, I have planned all of the Greek-wide events for 2018. I have also held positions on ASUU, It’s On Us, Student Media Council and more.

Here are some quick fun facts about me:
I love to travel and have been to over 30 countries.
I am very crafty and love to sew, embroider and paint.
I have two dogs and a cat.
My favorite animal is a whale.

Braden Rollins

MY STORY:

MY BLOG:

Gathering information and creating a story for the masses to consume can be quite the experience. I found many obstacles in my first foray into the world of journalism that required me to adapt and learn in order to succeed.

Finding interesting story ideas can prove frustrating. And finding a subject that is timely and relevant to the majority can be difficult. I may search for story subjects by observing commentaries that were already occurring in the media. Once I chose a subject I broke it down to find an aspect that has not been or barely covered by other media.

The second most difficult aspect of journalism was locating sources who were willing to be interviewed on my chosen subject. You can come across possible sources but they may refuse to go on record or refuse to speak with you altogether.

Once I found a knowledgeable source willing to go on record much of the stress of gathering information is alleviated. Interviewing sources was fairly painless because I did my best to prepare questions related to my story and did research into how that person relates to it.

My interview process consisted of having a prepared outline at hand during the interview. When I had permission to record an interview I kept note of the time in the interview key points are brought up so I could reference information in my recording with ease later on.

After organizing my collected information I list my facts from most important to least important like an inverted pyramid. This way the most pertinent information is presented first and will hopefully keep the reader’s attention through the story.

Writing like a journalist has also helped me learn to write more concisely as opposed to wordy essays I’ve written for other classes

In the end, it comes down to continuously practicing and using the many skills required to be a good journalist.  

ABOUT ME:

1Having lived in the Salt Lake Valley my entire life, I have an affinity for Utah. Though I love visiting new places outside the state I am very much a homebody and will probably stay in Utah into the distant future.

In my final years of study at the University of Utah, I greatly enjoy my classes in strategic communication and look forward to exploring the many opportunities my degree will open for me.

Though I work full time along with my studies at the University of Utah I enjoy exploring my hobby of photography as an activity outside of what is required of me by my job and school. I also greatly enjoy reading novels, whether they be adventure, nonfiction, sci-fi, or horror. believing that reading is one way to distance myself from our digital world.

All of my success so far would not have been possible without the support of my amazing wife. She helps maintain our household while I am busy at work and school. Once finished with school I look forward to bettering my family’s situation.

 

 

Megan Gilson

MY STORY:

  • Young entrepreneur brings delicious activity to downtown Logan

MY BLOG:

I saw this article as an opportunity to introduce the world to something new. I only had two requirements for my topic: I wanted it to be exciting and inspiring.

Initially, I happened upon my story by mere chance. One weekend, I was searching for something fun to do and I came across Logan Food Tour. It’s not everyday you find something new to do in Logan, so I was intrigued.

I was first interested in what the business does and the experience it provides. I was scooped up in excitement of the idea, and was confident it would make a good story. As I pursued the idea, I hoped that there was something inspiring beneath it all.

To start, I decided there is no better source than the creator, so I reached out to the owner of Logan Food Tour, Austin Jensen. Throughout the interview we discussed what the business is and how it came to be, and how he ended up where he is.

Later, I was able to meet with one of owners of the restaurants that Logan Food Tour works with, and talk to one of the participants. This gave me two different perspectives about what Logan Food Tour is offering and how it has impacted them.

I was left with a lot of great information but most of all, I felt inspired. I knew I had found the component that the story was missing.

Jensen, instead of his business, became my focus.

Even with a clear idea in my mind of how I wanted everything to play out, the writing process was harder than expected. I found myself struggling to find a balance between the excitement of the business and the inspiring story of the owner. I learned that both were important, and tried to adequately tell the stories of each one.

After meeting with Jensen, he invited me to participate in one of the food tours. It absolutely exceeded my expectations. I could see Jensen’s passion as he guided the tour, and I felt like I was part of each restaurant’s story. It really was the ultimate experience. Plus, the food was excellent and as promised, by the end, I was stuffed.

I find, time and time again, that I am always surprised by the ambition of entrepreneurs, and Jensen was no exception. He was determined to grow through experience, even if that meant starting from scratch.

Throughout this experience, I ended up gaining a lot more than a story I was proud of.  I made new friends, ate great food, and felt inspired to pursue my own dreams.

ABOUT ME:

56307872204__BB65FAA9-BAFD-413E-B13A-22E517CE88E5I am a junior at the University of Utah pursuing a degree in strategic communication with a minor in business. I grew up in Salt Lake City, but I moved to Logan this summer after marrying my husband.

I love writing and design and hope to incorporate both in my future career. I am currently engaged in freelance work, helping start-up companies with logo and website design. I have loved creating relationships with new businesses and developing new skills through my work.

When I’m not working or doing homework, I enjoy boating, watching movies and traveling.

McKenzie Nicol

MY STORY:

  • Local rock climbers are inspired by Alex Honnold’s mental toughness.

MY BLOG:

Usually I develop my stories out of things that I have a desire to learn more about. I love learning and expanding my knowledge base. I also have a passion for people and finding out their stories. Everyone has a story, and every story holds incredible potential.

For the rock climbing piece, I have several personal connections with many local rock climbers, being a beginner myself. Isaac Baker is a good friend whom I worked with while I was living in Romania. Ben Roa is actually a friend of a friend in my news writing class. I met Joel Zerr at the climbing gym when I was asking around for advice on the story. All of these individuals were more than willing to talk about rock climbing and the impact it has had in their lives, giving great insights and ideas about the subject. They are the best sources for this story because they are all local and heavily involved in rock climbing.

I did not encounter any sort of ethical or moral issues with the rock climbing story. It was a little tricky finding time to meet with Joel because he is busy setting routes for several gyms along the Wasatch Front. But we worked out scheduling and ended up being able to meet.

Making sense of all the information that I gathered was hard at first because there were so many good ideas to sift through. There is so much you can learn and take from rock climbing. It is all a big metaphor. But one common theme that I couldn’t shake was the mental side of rock climbing. It is intriguing and inspiring, and something that I love to talk about, and it was easy to decide to write about it.

I did a lot of thinking to begin the process. I have a hard time if I just sit down and write. I need time to process and develop. At some point I have to just write words on the paper, and then return to them after I have thought about it more before I can write a good draft. After that I comb it over and make adjustments that are desperately needed.

I wish I could include more details about the actual logistics of climbing. They are so interesting and give you a deeper understanding of the technique behind everything. But having focused more on the mental side of the story, I did not feel that a lot of the technicalities fit in.

It was surprising how easy and natural it was to talk to the sources about something that they are all passionate about. It was not awkward at all and the conversation just flowed. I don’t know why, but I was expecting the actual interviewing to be a little bit tougher. But it wasn’t, and I was pleasantly surprised.

Rock climbing is such a cool sport with so much symbolism and metaphor. I feel like you could write any sort of story out of it. It has taught me a lot in my own life and is such a personal journey. My hope is that everyone who reads this story will be inspired to dig a little deeper within themselves.

ABOUT ME:

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I am a student at the University of Utah studying strategic communication. I love videography and have a passion for telling stories through the lens. I am always seeking out adventure and new experiences because the best way to learn about life is to live it. I love rock climbing, backpacking, hammocking and anything to do with the outdoors. I lived in Romania and the Republic of Moldova for 20 months. I speak Romanian fluently and am now tackling Russian. I love challenges and pushing myself to my limits.

“How do you see the world?” is a question that has shaped me ever since I started thinking about it two years ago. It came to me as I was roaming the streets of Chisinau, Moldova, pondering on all of the lives that were going on around me. Each one so different than my own. Each an individual who sees the world in a completely unique light and has so much to offer the world in a way that no one else can. My goal in life is to get an understanding of how others view the world and tell stories through the lens.

 

Jen Chun

MY STORY: IMG_4679

  • The plant revolution: anti-inflammatory, anti-meat

MY BLOG:

During the three years of living in the United States, the biggest cultural shock was a food. The country that I love is facing a severe health problem: chronic disease. Indeed, it becomes an issue that modern people tend to have fast food daily. However, the “real problem” is that people do not know how to compose their own dish. As a person who is from an Asian country, which has a healthy food culture, I always wanted to share and inform the way how to eat healthily. Since my mom is doing a plant based-diet, I thought it will be a great source to develop it for my story idea. Also, I hoped this opportunity becomes a great chance to motivate myself to eat in a more healthy way.

I had to do some research before pitching the idea because I only had basic information about plant-based diet (PBD). It was not so hard to collect data or sources because PBD has become a trend among “healthy eaters.” For more profound information and reviews, I have reached out to three people who study or work in health fields. Lastly, I attended the 2nd Annual Plant Based Nutrition Symposium on Oct. 13, 2018. At the symposium, I learned some practical tips on how to make my own plant-based meal.

I tried my best to provide facts and professional knowledge to inform the public. I aimed to provide as much information as I can to educate people. This has made me do a lot of online-based research, meet people for an interview, and attend the symposium for further and deeper information. It was interesting to listen to people’s anecdotes or personal thoughts about PBD. At the symposium, I  learned a lot of productive tips from the lectures of doctors and health specialists. I am sure that my sources are beneficial enough for my story.

Indeed, it was challenging to contact organizations. I have sent several emails and made phone calls for an interview, but none of them responded to me. My initial plan was to interview Plant Based Utah, an organization, and Seasons Plant Based Bistro, a PBD restaurant, because it seemed helpful for the readers to recommend accessible places that people can visit. Unfortunately, they did not answer to me. I had to find other available people, a Ute who does PBD and a chief who cooks PBD, for an interview. Contacting was the hardest part of the whole process.

As I mentioned earlier, I wanted to inform people. My goal of the story is to motivate the public to eat in healthy and therefore, to change their lifestyle. For a logical understanding of the readers, I put some helpful statistics and source about plant-based nutrients. I focused on stating why and how having PBD could become a key to well-being. Inserting professionals or experienced person’s point of views give more credibility and motivation to the readers as well.

The writing process was not easy for me at all. It was my first time to write a journalistic article. I had a hard time to follow AP rules, correct grammar error, and organize paragraphs. Sometimes, I had to push myself into the situations. These experiences trained me to become a professional journalist.

Fun fact is that after I came back from the symposium, I have tried to make my own green smoothie. I borrowed a blender from one of my good friends and put grape, salary, lemon, and honey into the binder with some ice. Surprisingly, the taste was good enough. I would love to have a green smoothie every morning for breakfast.

One thing that surprised me was that there are some restaurants in Utah that provide plant-based dishes with ingredients such as vegetables, fruit, and seeds. I was not aware of any plant-based restaurants until Professor Mangun has told some of them to me. I am planning to visit one of the restaurants with my vegetarian friends in the near future.

I hope the readers feel informed and motivative by my article. I want to deliver a message that eating healthy is as important as exercising. I do not expect everyone to have PBD but at least feel inspired and therefore, starting to have a healthy life cycle. As a journalist, it was the fascinated moments to challenge my writing skills. However, I am glad that I could earn some advanced skills in news writing.

ABOUT ME:

“I will never forget the audience’s enthusiastic cheering sound at the Gang Neung Curling Center.”

Jen is from South Korea and is an only child of a lovely family. She is a lucky girl since she was young. Her parents are supportive enough to provide more chances to travel or go abroad for studying. So far, Jen has visited over 20 countries and currently she is studying in the U.S. since the high school. From the experiences of living abroad, she learned to accept the variety of culture. Jen loves to make new friends from all over the world and enjoys to communicate with them. She is an adventurous, independent, and brave person. Her courage and global background influenced her to get more interest in the communications field as well.

During the 2018 Winter Olympics, Jen was there at the scene of the history. It was the first time holding a Winter Olympics for her home country. She could not believe in herself that she is watching the actual curling games at the stadium to work as a spotter. It was a moment of her dream came true. While two months, she could experience the real-world, hands-on experience with cutting-edge technologies which have enhanced her understanding of the system of broadcasting. The internship experience at Olympic Broadcast Service (OBS) promoted her to discover passion and courage in communications.

Currently, Jen is a junior at the University of Utah. She is majoring in strategic communication and has a great interest in PR and marketing. She is learning a lot of creative and practical communication skills from the courses at the U. She enjoys her learnings and college life at the U.

Jen is hoping to find more opportunities of internship in the future. She is eager to practice and perform in professional communications fields to become a better marketer. She will never stop to explore and challenge herself to improve.

Jolie Bell

MY STORY:

  • Tinker’s Cat Café, a coffee bar with a twist

MY BLOG:

When I first learned about the Enterprise Story assignment, I instantly knew my topic should be about Tinker’s Cat Café. I visited the café a couple of times and participated in one of its Cat and Paint nights. It is a fairly new business many Salt Lake City locals did not know about. While the community knows about Best Friends Animal Society and other local shelters, I believe people should know about every option for adopting a pet.

I first contacted Lisa Boone, the owner of Tinker’s Cat Café, the main source for my story. She was very kind to meet with me in person for an interview. Tinker’s is a second home and family to her as she passionately described her business. Afterward, Boone helped me find a regular customer who also adopted a cat from Tinker’s.

Sarah Murtagh is a daily visitor at Tinker’s. She described her own personal story of her relationship with Tinker’s. Her interview was integral to my story because it exemplified how Tinker’s could be a therapeutic and unique destination to visit.

My third interview was with Ally Jelitto. She is one of my peers in the modern dance program and agreed to a phone interview over fall break. Jelitto mentioned she really enjoyed her first visit to Tinker’s. I believe including a University of Utah student would be beneficial to my story since the audience would be mostly U students. She was a relatable source to the average person who would visit Thinker’s Cat Café on occasion.

After collecting my information and conducting interviews, it was difficult for me to organize my story into a cohesive piece. I made multiple drafts in the process to find the right fit for all of the pieces. I decided to focus on the basis of what a cat café is and what Tinker’s has to offer to the community. It is a new trend that has recently begun in the United States, so it would be beneficial to the readers to explain it first.

The writing process was a challenge for me. I have never taken a news writing class before or written journalistic stories. My experience in writing has mostly been research papers and creative stories in the past. It was difficult in the beginning using AP Style and the AP Stylebook. However, the unique format of news articles and interviewing skills became significant tools in my writing that I would continue to use in the future.

ABOUT ME:

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I have been dancing since I was 3 years old.

My performance history has ranged from performing in the National Tour of the “Wizard of Oz” to being a back-up dancer to working as a Cherion Records recording artist. I grew up studying many forms of dance such as tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop and modern. Since I was young, I knew I wanted to become a professional dancer. I moved to Utah from Albany, New York, in 2016 to pursue an undergraduate degree in modern dance at the University of Utah.

I wanted to expand my art in a new medium of writing, so I now have a minor in strategic communication. I hope to combine my knowledge from both fields to support and enhance my dance career. After performing for some time, I would like to take an administrative position in a dance company.

Porter L. Anderson

MY STORY:

MY BLOG:

My writing process for this piece was done almost completely in my head. Coming up with the original idea I looked for topics that I believe needed to be addressed. From there I keep that thought in the back of my mind and mull over the different approaches I could have towards the topic and the ways that I could write the piece. Once I have the topic and the direction I want to go with my writing I keep an eye out for first-hand accounts that can be used for sources in the article. I thought it would be really interesting to see from the side of those who were running the program to those who came with their families and got to participate in the program. My sources were fairly easy to get an interview with because my piece wasn’t exactly controversial and only displayed them and the library in a good light.

Overall the hardest thing I think was narrowing down the information I got from interviewing people at the library. I had talked to multiple translators but, didn’t want to include all of them and I talked to probably a dozen patrons of the program and only needed one that I thought represented the group best. The thing that surprised me the most about writing this article and getting all this info from people is that it was almost entirely positive. I thought that with the large variety of people that I interviewed that at least a few would give some issues about the program or think that it was still too little attention being given to the Chinese patrons. Only one of my sources stated anything slightly negative and he was more just calling my attention to the fact that the program had a few Chinese characters that were written incorrectly. Writing this piece was much more smooth than I thought it might be. I was able to talk to the administration people that I wanted to and had very little resistance from the patrons I asked questions. I knew my piece would depend on interviews more than anything else so I am extremely happy with how willing people were to help with the article.

ABOUT ME: 

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As a student majoring in journalism at the University of Utah, Porter Anderson looks forward to the career in journalism that he could have. He sets his sights on reporting stories from the gaming world and other sections of entertainment. He is expected to graduate in 2019 and will move from his job as a community outreach intern at the Family History Library in downtown Salt Lake.

Anderson has written two books, one of which has been published called “Built By Fear,” which is meant to be a tool for those struggling with social anxiety and other fears. He has a tremendous amount of passion for helping people through writing and tries to find as many ways to help people as possible.

Anderson has taken this passion for helping others and put it into his passion project, a website called Ureshii Outlet. He built the site as a place for people to come and share uplifting stories from their lives in an attempt to add a little more brightness and positivity to the world.

Prior to studying at the University of Utah, in 2014, Anderson spent two years living in Japan as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During this time he taught English to the people of Japan and spent time learning the language from the local people. This time proved critical to his development in the field of journalism. Seeing more of the world gave a new perspective to the number of people that need to be educated about certain topics and even need help in different aspects of their lives.

Hannah Cook

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My story was all about organ donation. I developed my ideas by brainstorming with my family, when we realized that this subject being near to my heart, with my father being a two-time liver recipient. I knew how much that this topic meant to me and my family and I wanted to share that importance with everyone else.

I knew that this was a topic that is greatly important and also one that most people aren’t properly educated or informed on.

With the topic being something that I have dealt with firsthand, I knew the type of people who are usually affected by a transplant.

I located my sources by knowing that a transplant coordinator is needed for each transplant case. I also thought about how it would be interesting to hear the story of organ donation by two people who have been affected by it: a waitlisted patient and a parent of a donor. Each have been affected two completely different ways and their points of view were why they were the best sources for my story.

The main dilemma that I had with my story was trying to keep my personal feelings of the topic out of my story. This story needed to be free of any biased information to really show the importance of the topic. I made sense of all of the information that I gathered and decided I wanted my information to focus on the importance of organ donation.

My focus was set on each of my interviews felt about organ donation, as well as statistics that supported the case. Getting to know what organ donation meant to many different parties in the situation was crucial to my story, to help inform the readers what it means to different people in a donation scenario.

The writing process of my story was tedious, and I learned that the interviewing process can be difficult and take more time than you might think. I was shocked after my first interview, but it got easier after time. I received more information in my story than I could have ever asked for. Many details didn’t even make it to my story.

A detail that surprised me and that didn’t make it to my story is that not one person on the waitlist thought that they’d be there. Often times a person can appear to be a picture of health physically but have failing organs. No one thinks that organ failure will happen to them, and it still does. It is important for people to know what someone with failing organs goes through to help see the importance of organ donation and that is exactly what my story delivered.

ABOUT ME: 

I’m your typical girl next door: work all day, homework all night, and as much fun as I can possibly fit in on the weekends.

I grew up in Syracuse, Utah, and graduated from Syracuse High School. I have lived in Utah my entire life. I always knew that I wanted to attend theUniversityy of Utah, as my family has always been major Ute fans.

When I am not at school or work I spend my free time spending as much quality time with my family as possible. We love to go to dinner and movies, and of course watching the Utes play.

I have always worked hard all through school and have been very dedicated to be successful.

My dreams seem average but mean so much to me. Though I work hard at work and in school, my dreams always go back to my future. I dream of being the best wife and mom, and making sure that my family will have everything that they could ever need.

I am working diligently toward my degree for the satisfaction of having my education, and to land a job that I love.

My dreams are to have a job that I love and having an adorable family that I am able to go on many adventures with.

I am currently on the downward slope of my junior year at the University of Utah. I will graduate with my bachelor’s degree in Fall of 2019 with a communication major with an emphasis in strategic communication. I am eager to finish my education so that I can further my career in public relations.

My time at the University of Utah has been everything that I ever dreamed of. I have made memories that I will forever cherish, and I can’t wait to see what my last year will bring.

Virginia Hill

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When writing the Enterprise Story, it was interesting to see how the story developed into something more than just facts and timelines. Wish Week, a philanthropic week hosted on campus by Chi Omega, turned out to be more than just a week with scheduled events and a specific agenda.

The best way to bring life to my story was through interviewing people and really hearing their experiences and opinions. When located sources it was easiest to reach out to people I knew in the Chi Omega sorority and ask them who would be best to interview for this story. These girls were perfect for the story because they were part of the planning of Wish Week and therefore thought passionately about the topic and had a lot of information to give.

After everything for the story was gathered, it was typed up as notes and sorted through, deleting things that were deemed necessary and highlighting things that were most important.

Once that was done compiling the information into an interesting story that kept the audience wasn’t terribly hard since the information gathered was so relevant and compelling.

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Processed with VSCO with c1 presetVirginia Hill is a student at the University of Utah graduating Spring 2019 in strategic communication with a minor in multidisciplinary design.

 
Virginia has a strong background in marketing. A summer internship at McgarryBowen’s New York offices set her on a successful track in marketing, particularly with design and art.

Since then she has been working at O.C. Tanner’s marketing department working on designing and building the website.