Katherine Schumann

The idea for my story came to me when I was spending time at home visiting my brother after his torn ACL surgery. My brother is a professional Nordic combined athlete and I knew that with that connection I could get special access to his team of surgeons, coaches and teammates in order to write an in-depth story.

The biggest obstacles when writing my story was to keep it non-personal because I was writing about my brother. I really had to separate the way that I know he feels about his injury and stick to the facts and the interviews, challenging myself. When interviewing everyone it was easy to make sense of all the information into a story. They are all Stephen’s team of doctors and coaches and they all know the same story so all the information from the interviews was cohesive. The focus became on my brother’s recovery as an athlete and how it happens differently being a professional athlete and how it affects the athletes themselves.

The writing process was very straightforward there were clear guidelines to the assignment. The biggest struggle for me with writing is, I love to tell stories but putting them on paper with the correct grammar has always been hard for me. This process has taught me how to properly research and execute a story for publication and pushed me to learn AP style and better my writing. I’m surprised by how much I enjoyed the process of researching and writing this enterprise story and how much I learned.

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Katherine Schumann

MY STORY:

MY BLOG:

The idea for my story came to me when I was spending time at home visiting my brother after his torn ACL surgery. My brother is a professional Nordic combined athlete and I knew that with that connection I could get special access to his team of surgeons, coaches and teammates in order to write an in-depth story.

The biggest obstacles when writing my story was to keep it non-personal because I was writing about my brother. I really had to separate the way that I know he feels about his injury and stick to the facts and the interviews, challenging myself. When interviewing everyone it was easy to make sense of all the information into a story. They are all Stephen’s team of doctors and coaches and they all know the same story so all the information from the interviews was cohesive. The focus became on my brother’s recovery as an athlete and how it happens differently being a professional athlete and how it affects the athletes themselves.

The writing process was very straightforward there were clear guidelines to the assignment. The biggest struggle for me with writing is, I love to tell stories but putting them on paper with the correct grammar has always been hard for me. This process has taught me how to properly research and execute a story for publication and pushed me to learn AP style and better my writing. I’m surprised by how much I enjoyed the process of researching and writing this enterprise story and how much I learned.

ABOUT ME:

2016 - 002 - Katherine Schumann - FinalKatherine Schumann grew up in Salt Lake City and attended East High School, home of her favorite kids’ movie “High School Musical.” Then she attended the college of her hometown, the University of Utah. While attending college she started as a business major and then found communication to be a better fit for her future.

Katherine enjoys communicating with people around her, including communicating through social media and creative ways. She used her creative abilities in her previous internships with Fuel Marketing and the Utah Sports Commission to create blog posts, social media posts, graphics and promotion. “Communicating in creative ways and creating content to get messages across has truly become my passion.”

In her free time, she spends time with her family and friends and enjoys all that the outdoors has to offer in Utah, including camping, hiking and skiing. Traveling for joy and for service Katherine spent a month in India and in Thailand on humanitarian trips with the programs Youthlinc and YMAD. She also spent a month abroad in Europe during the summer of 2017.

Katherine is looking to finish up her degree from the University of Utah Department of Communication and then getting a certificate from Parsons. Katherine is hopeful for what the future has to offer after college.

Hollis Leja

MY STORY:

MY BLOG:

I came up with the idea for my story by brainstorming topics with my roommates. We were playing League of Legends when the topic of the University of Utah’s esports team came up. After looking up some background information on the topic and seeing that the U was the first university to do this it seemed like an awesome story.

One of the hardest parts was being able to find people to be able to interview. I was able to dig up a lot of information scattered about online, but had some difficulties originally finding people to interview.

When I was first thinking of the topic, I didn’t know what approach I was going to take with this story. I went over to the Entertainment Arts & Engineering building and met with Kenny Green, who is the head coach for the League of Legends team. He was nice enough to let me interview him. It wasn’t until after my interview with him and seeing his passion for the sport that I saw what direction I wanted to take with this story.

When I got home, I gathered all my research and the information from my interviews. I wanted to be able to link this cool story from the U to what was going on with the Worlds competition happening in South Korea. I really wanted to highlight how awesome it is that the U has a program like this and that this is something we should keep supporting.

This is the first article I have written, and I hope it will be able to show some of the great programs the U has to offer. I also hope to be able to watch the U’s esports team this year and cheer them on this spring.

If you want to support or watch the team you can do so by following the U’s esports Twitch channel.

ABOUT ME:

I have always enjoyed hearing the story of people’s lives, the events and struggles that shaped them into the people they are today. This is what has led me to pursue a degree in strategic communication. I am currently finishing my junior year here at the University of Utah and am starting to be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

My goal when I finish my degree is to be able to pursue a career in PR and marketing. When I’m not studying at school I work as a service adviser for Microsoft. I have been with the company for close to five years and have high hopes to be able to continue my career with them.

Outside of work and school I try my best to travel when I can and enjoy spending time with friends and family. Over the next few years I hope to be able to continue to develop my skills and live life to its fullest.

Kim Davison

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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 known 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 who it was their first year and
another who 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:

Screen Shot 2018-11-05 at 9.53.00 AMHi! I am Kim Davison and I am a fourth-year student at the University of Utah double majoring in strategic communications 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:
1. I love to travel and have been to over 30 countries.
2. I am very crafty and love to sew, embroider and paint.
3. I have two dogs and a cat.
4. My favorite animal is a whale.

 

Reaching out to China’s past

Story and gallery by PORTER L. ANDERSON

The Family History Library in downtown Salt Lake City has for many years been a free and open facility where visitors can come and conduct research about their ancestors. The library is the largest genealogical library in the world and attracts people from all walks of life to travel to Utah just to take part in the work that takes place there.

Recently the library has implemented a new interactive activity for those visitors who come from China. “The Genealogical Society of Utah and the Family History Library have always been working to build an open and informative experience for visitors of our great state,” said Yvonne Sorenson, the library’s administrative representative.

The Family History Library is located on Temple Square, which is the most visited tourist site in all of Utah. Temple Square is a large plot of land with many different facilities that are owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a Christian church that has a strong following in Utah.

The interactive experience that can be found on the main floor of the Family History Library is meant to be the first look into genealogical work for those who haven’t had much experience before. Visitors are guided by the volunteers that work in the library to several different stations where they are able to learn about famous relatives, facts about their birth, interesting stories about ancestors, and so much more.

The newly remodeled main floor has been open for almost two years but just recently the administration decided to create an experience specifically for Chinese guests who couldn’t take part in the regular activities due to lack of Chinese records in the library.

“We realized that so many international visitors would come to visit Temple Square but, we would often have to turn them away from our interactive activities. We wanted to help reach out to these people in any simple way we could to help the guests get excited about family history work while making them feel welcome to our facilities,” Sorenson said.

The Chinese experience has been in place for almost three months and the results have been nothing short of amazing. One of the translators for the library, Charles Garrett, said, “It is so amazing to see these wonderful people come to the library and be so excited to see that they can learn simple things like the origin of their last name. They just seem to light up and get excited to learn more about their families.”

While the program is still in the testing phases it remains very simple but, with the results that have been observed over the past few months, the administration of the library is really excited to continue building on the experience. “I would love to see the experiment we have created grow to a more substantial point,” Garrett said when asked how he felt about the future of the program.

While the future of the program seems bright, no concrete plans have been made to improve the activities or even keep them up and running after the test period is over at the end of the year. The patrons of the library are very inspired by the activity and seem genuinely excited to revisit the library if they were to visit Utah again.

“This was very interesting for me because it taught me a lot of information about myself that I didn’t know. I only wish the building had the materials for me to do more searching into my past,” said Li-Wei Chen, a visitor who is traveling from Shanghai.

This is the exact result that the library administration was hoping to see from these visitors. “We were hoping that we could build the excitement that we see the locals get when visiting but, we’re a little short on resources to do it. I think the team in charge of the program has done a wonderful job creating this experience and I hope that we decided to put more effort and keep the program for the long-term,” Sorenson said.

The library has access to thousands of genealogical resources but few of those are Chinese, which makes the program that much more impressive. The program being added for the long-term would be a great addition to the library but would also help the state of Utah as well. Creating global attractions like the Family History Library builds the state’s reputation as a place that welcomes all visitors.

With the inclusion of the Chinese experience in the Family History Library, it shows that the LDS church is aware of the importance it holds in building tourism and attending to the growing international attention that Utah is getting.

Sorenson added, “We want to continue to create a global experience here that can be enjoyed by all. The journey may be difficult and we may struggle to find a way but, we are determined to help all find the joys that genealogical work can bring to an individual.”

How part-time job affects GPA and tips to success

Story and gallery by SEOK LEE

People work in companies and students go to college to study to get better jobs after they graduate. To study in a university, students pay lots of tuition fees to university administration. The reason why people go to college is that some jobs require a university diploma.

In other words, people want to have better jobs by investing money in college tuition like a stock market. Parents bankroll money for their child’s future and child spends time for their future. Even some students supply money by themselves without parents’ financial support.

Students have a part- or full-time job to earn money for tuition fees. Also, some students work to gain industry experience and to be a more competitive applicant in the job market. Moreover, some people work part-time to earn pocket money for themselves. These show that college students work a part- or full-time job for various reasons.

As a result of a survey with 10 college students at Marriott Library, eight out of 10 students currently have a part- or full-time job, and two students have worked a part-time job in the past, but they mention that they are now concentrating more on their studies.

More college students who are currently working answer that they work 11 to 20 hours a week. Nine out of 10 respondents to the questionnaire say that working less would lead to higher academic achievement.

They say that if they worked fewer hours, they would have more time to spend studying. Also, they respond to the questionnaire that working while attending college had somewhat negatively affected their GPA.

One respondent said that working less would not lead to higher academic achievement. He said in the questionnaire that it is only an excuse for not having time to study because of a part- or full-time job.

He points out one survey question and says if people want to get higher GPA or college success, it is essential to study a lot. The survey question that he answered was: how many hours a week do you study for classes?

According to survey results, most respondents respond that they study 11 to 20 hours per week. He said that he studies more than 30 hours per week. He said working a part -or full-time job to earn money for tuition is not a good idea.

Instead, studying hard and trying to get a scholarship is more beneficial for the future. He says that he applies for scholarships and he also accepts subsidizing financial aid in the university.

Good scholarships are needed to study hard. ASUU offers a tutoring system to all university students. It is located in the Student Services Building, third floor. ASUU provides tutoring service in its office and library. Kassidy L. Giggey, a learning specialist in ASUU’s Learning Success Center, says, “Large numbers of students use tutoring and one or two students per week come to ASUU and ask for tutoring.”

In order to get good grades while working, she suggests making a schedule and posting it where a student can see at easily. She recommends doing this for a month as a habit. When a student plans to make a schedule, she says, “It is recommended to study six or seven hours per class.”

She emphasizes, “It is regrettable that many students are not yet familiar with this program, and our office is ready to help students at any time.”

The Learning Success Center, which is located in the Student Services Building, third floor, also provides online resources to support study tips such as better note taking, study guides, time management, study skills and more. These online resources help students to study easier and better.

The Academic Advising Center, located in the Student Services Building, fourth floor, and major advisors also help students succeed in college. One academic advisor named Steve Hadley says, “Lots of students work part-time but they take over 15 credits. This is one of the reasons students get tired before graduation.”

He says, “If students have a part-time job, I advise them not to take more than 15 credit hours and if students have a full-time job, I advise them not to take more than six to seven credit hours. For a better school life, balance in work and study is needed.”

He also says, “In fact, many students want to get good grades and ask me for advice that they do not have enough time to study because of work. It is always welcome to help students so please make an appointment on the website anytime.”

The Student Success Advocate Office is in Sill Center near the Union. This program was made five years ago and it also supports students’ college success. Because it is not the old program, it has not been known to many students yet.

April Ollivier, who works in the Student Success Advocate Office, says, “Learning Success Center and Student Success Advocate Office is quite different. The ASUU tutoring system in the Learning Success Center is providing more academic skills to students but the Student Success Advocate Office gives advice to students with ordinary issues too.”

She also mentions, “Student Success Advocate Office provides texting system so they text students whether they are fine in college or not.”

According to survey results, a part- or full-time job affects GPA somewhat negatively but there are some tips to succeed in college life. Both studying hard gives success in university and engaging in clubs and activities help students succeed in college too.

University provides lots of programs for students to succeed in college life such as Learning Success Center’s ASUU tutoring system or Student Advocate Office provides. Hopefully, all students have a good university life before doing social activities after graduate.

Braden Rollins

MY STORY:

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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:

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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:

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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

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

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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:

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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 the University 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 locating sources, it was easiest to reach out to the people I knew in the Chi Omega sorority and ask them who would be best to interview for this story. These recommendations ended up being perfect for the story, they were all part of planning the Wish Week and therefore thought passionately about the topic and had a lot of information to give.

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

Once that was done, compelling the information into an interesting story that would keep the audience engaged wasn’t very hard. This was due to a large amount of relevant information gathered and its interesting nature.

ABOUT VIRGINIA:

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetVirginia Hill is a student at the University of Utah graduating Spring 2019 with a Bachelor of Science 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 in O.C. Tanner’s marketing department working on designing and building their corperate and jewelry store websites.

She intends to work in the world of marketing and product design. By pairing the two disciplines she has provided herself with a platform for which she can think strategically about products and design in a way that can meet the needs of a market.

Seok Lee

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I developed my story ideas by beginning to think how students have hard time to work part-time and study together. The reason why I wanted to focus on that was because I personally had a hard time while I did a part-time job and study for my courses in the university. Also, I wonder other students might have hard time too so I wanted to encourage University of Utah students to succeed in college life without burnout.

I located one of my sources through one class called COMM 3710. In this class, me and my classmates made a survey questions about how part or full-time job affects student college life. However, this class required only the result of a survey and made a graph about it.

I found the best sources for my story because each one showed great information that lots of students do not know. I did not encounter any obstacles, ethical issues or moral dilemmas.

I decided my focus to the university students. I gathered surveys that 10 students did for me. Also, I focused on tips to succeed in college so I gathered interview notes for my story too.

I learned more about how to write a better interview notes while I did interviews to others. Tips about writing interview notes, recording is one of a great tip for me not to miss details.

What surprised me in their interviewing process was that all interviewees did nice to me because before I did interviews to people, I thought that I bothered their times so I felt sorry when doing interviews. However, all of them do nice with smile.

The overall lesson I learned from my interviews that lots of students burn out because of work and study. Also, all advisors, staffs in the university or other people want all students do well in college.

ABOUT ME:

I am from South Korea and I arrived in Salt Lake City in 2011. I wanted to study art, especially music and drawing in the university. Personally, I wanted to study art near Hollywood which is in Los Angeles and Broadway which is in New York City. Unfortunately, the tuition fees in LA and NY are too expensive for me. So, I decided to study in the University of Utah which is near to Las Vegas and the tuition fee is cheaper than other universities that I wanted to study.

Seok LeeWhile I studied in the U, I supposed to study art as a major but I wanted to study more about cross culture. The main reason was that learning cross culture might be helpful when I make or sell my art pieces to others.

While I studied in the U on 2011, I joined one band called “Romantico” and did several performances in small clubs or bars in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. Me and my crew members performed around 80 times. However, I hurt my vocal cords so it was difficult to sing so I quit my band and went to military in South Korea frin 2012 to 2014.

After I finished serving my military duty, I started to do an internship in one of the Korean broadcasting companies as music director and producer. So, I came back to Salt Lake City in 2016.

When I came back to Utah, I changed my mind. Instead of becoming a musician, I planned to become a music director in a company and I interviewed in several companies and I passed so I plan to work after I graduate in fall 2018. Overall, my major is communication. I have lots of experiences about music performing and I am a senior in the university which means I am going to graduate in fall 2018.

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URL: https://www.linkedin.com/in/seok-lee-549448153/?locale=en_US

Riley Spear

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I developed my enterprise story idea through my target audience, being university students. Social media is targeted toward university-aged students, and educating them and creating awareness on how businesses use social media to advertise would be interesting.

I located my first business source, Beauty Industry, through a friend. However, I had never met Paige Johnson, the woman I interviewed. My second and third source, The Hut Group and STEM, I found through googling startup companies in Salt Lake. These companies were one of the few I heard back from after emailing businesses with a wide social media platform, therefore being suitable for my topic.

The three sources I selected for my topic were the best choices because they all use social media, specifically Instagram to advertise their products. The three individuals I interviewed had positions dealing with social media, and gave me feedback I felt was important for my audience to know.

An obstacle I came by was with my third interview with STEM. While I managed to gather enough information, it was a difficult interview. It really forced me to use all the techniques we’ve read in class to push my interviewee to give me critical information that would benefit my story. In the end, she was able to help a lot and I am confident with her as my third source.

Luckily with the questions I prepared all of the information I gathered would have fit into my topic. The issue was deciding which was the most influential, and I chose the aspects I did out of what I thought were most crucial to know to my target audience.

I separated my writing process into the three interviews I did, choosing a space in my story for each of the interviews and forming the story around their responses. After the interviews, the writing came easy because I based the opening and closing off of what I received from them. I realized then just how important the interviews are in creating a good story, to a great story!

I have a few quotes I didn’t add into my story directly from my sources I feel could be interesting to add into my blog. However, they aren’t the best ones; those were in my story. Below, I’ve included something interesting I gathered from Jasmine Reynolds with The Hut Group:

“Instagram marketing is used in an assortment of aspects, whether it is to bring awareness of a cause or to advertise and sell products. It has drastically changed the game from billboards, and TV commercials to a free platform being used by billions.”

An aspect through this whole process of creating my story was how once I became comfortable with the people I interviewed, how much they wanted to engage. At first I felt as if I was an annoying student who had begged for an interview. However, two of my sources were more than happy — excited even — to give me the information I needed to create my piece.

ABOUT ME:

1610807_10203591191740793_8009901870086539677_nRiley Spear grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, until moving away to attend the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, after she graduated high school. She is currently taking classes to fulfill her degree in journalism, and will graduate in the spring.

In her free time, she is involved in Make-A-Wish philanthropy through her Chi Omega sorority. Through her sorority’s involvement and fundraising, members have been able to grant several wishes to children who suffer from cancer. It has been a rewarding experience to her, and she has made friends for life through it.

At her time at the university thus far Riley has completed a study abroad program in London, England, and performed an internship in Melbourne, Australia, through the Hinckley Institute of Politics. She has been able to fulfill her passion of traveling through both of these experiences.

In London, Riley studied digital multimedia, and through her internship in Australia she managed all social media accounts for her company and wrote blogs. This is one of the reasons she chose to focus on social media advertising, specifically Instagram, for her enterprise story.

The company she interned for revolved around global technology energy. Through her interviews she was offered new, and different viewpoints from beauty and health companies.

After graduation Riley plans to travel and see as much of the world as she can. Afterward, she plans to find a career in journalism, creative writing, or in public relations.

Reginald Hodnett

MY STORY:

New menu for a new conversation being unveiled at J&G Grill, Deer Valley

MY BLOG:

When Professor Mangun told the class that we would be writing an enterprise story I immediately knew what I wanted my story to be about. I chose to write my story on Rachel Wiener, who is a personal friend and a talented chef.

The reason I chose to do a story on her was that I knew that the restaurant where she worked was doing a complete rebranding of its menu and an incremental design overhaul. I knew Wiener would be the point person who would be making the major decisions regarding the front of the house and back of the changes. So, I felt this would be an interesting topic because I enjoy food and design.

The J&G Grill at Deer Valley is a destination restaurant because of its cuisine but also because it’s attached to a hotel as well its proximity to the mountains.

I had never interviewed anyone before, so it was nice that my first one was with a friend. I didn’t let her or my other sources know what questions I was going to be asking them. I think that was good because it set a professional tenor regarding my interview. It was a fun experience but also a different one because you’re asking behind-the-scene information that in some cases their culinary team wasn’t quite ready to divulge to the public yet.

I was told things off the record that I promised wouldn’t be a part of my story.

The creativity and execution have to be perfect because a lot is riding on Wiener’s vision regarding returning guests and new guests alike. The dynamics of my story revolve around food, specifically, what is Wiener trying to convey with her new menu, and how will these changes enhance her guest’s dining experience? I wanted to understand what sets her culinary concepts apart from other restaurants.

Overall, getting a chance to see how decisions on a large scale are made and the process by which a company starts with just bullets points on a page that spring to life or are negated was fascinating to learn and observe. Food and design are two ways to communicate new concepts and ideas artistically. Surprisingly, I was left with the impression that diners don’t have the full picture of what it takes to ensure that their dining experience is memorable.

ABOUT ME:

0I have lived in Los Angeles, New York and now in Utah. Traveling has given me an appreciation for different cultures and an understanding to accept people the way they are. I’m forever the optimist and enjoy helping others.

The importance of family can’t be overstated. It’s the reason I am the way I am. I can’t thank them enough for always being in my corner, cheering me on.

Currently, I am finishing my junior year at the University of Utah. I am graduating in the spring of 2019 with a degree in strategic communication. I like the different aspects of branding, marketing, and advertisement.

 

Allison Pferdner

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Choosing to write about Prevent Child Abuse Utah was an easy decision for me because it is an organization that is so motivated to do good and I wanted to learn as much as I could about it. The way I discovered it was through my aunt, who does volunteer work for PCAU and Operation Underground Railroad.

Due to my aunt’s involvement in these organizations, she was able to put me in touch with the community outreach program administrator, Gwen Knight. Knight was kind enough to suggest a few other people whom I could interview. I believe they were great sources because they are heavily involved in the success of their respective programs and they also believe so strongly in PCAU. When speaking with them, I could tell that they were passionate about what they were doing.

The topic of child abuse is a sensitive topic and should not be taken lightly. At the same time, it is something that needs to be discussed due to the severity of its impact in Utah and everywhere else in the world. I tried to be empathetic and respectful of the things I learned through this process and while I can’t relate to anyone who has gone through something like child abuse, I know that there could be someone who reads my story who can. I wanted my story to be sympathetic toward them as well.

My sources were also great because they provided me with so much information. It was hard to narrow it down to just the specifics of the two programs I talked about, Parents as Teachers and teaching in schools. I felt like those were the two most important things I could write about because of their direct impact on the communities they work with.

This writing process was very interesting because it was the first time I have done something like this. Of course, I had a general idea of what I wanted to write about but I was constantly pulled in different directions after each interview.

PCAU has so many learning opportunities on the website. I would recommend to anyone interested in learning more about this organization to visit the website and take some of the online courses geared toward your age group.

It was a great opportunity learning more about Prevent Child Abuse Utah and I hope anyone who reads my story is able to understand the importance of what PCAU does here in Utah.IMG_031E9FBEC29A-1

ABOUT ME:

I was born and raised in Sandy, Utah, five minutes away from a handful of hikes in the Wasatch mountains. Some of my passions include playing tennis, hiking and reading. I also love traveling and hope to go to Iceland and Switzerland one day.

I am currently a junior at the University of Utah studying communication. Choosing to earn my college education at the U was an easy decision for me because I love Salt Lake City, I have always wanted to be in the MUSS, and the campus is absolutely beautiful. It has been everything I dreamed to be able to study here.

While trying to decide on a major without any real idea of what career I would like to pursue after getting my bachelor’s degree, strategic communication stuck out to me and I have enjoyed it ever since. Learning how to write, speak and critically think better has been helpful and exciting.

As of right now, consistently trying new things and obtaining a wide variety of useful skills are two of my main focuses in hopes of stumbling on something that I would love to build a career out of.

 

 

Emma Chavez

MY STORY: Local Business Cross E Ranch Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

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My enterprise story merely started with a conveniently timed event, but the focus soon shifted into a piece on the importance of supporting small local businesses.

I came across Cross E Ranch two years ago while looking for a nearby pumpkin patch and have attended their Fall Festival every year since. While buying this year’s tickets at the beginning of October, I discovered it was the ranch’s 50th anniversary, and immediately wrote it down as a possibility for my story.

I was lucky enough to get in touch with one of the owners, Dalon Hinckley, who was my main source. He was able to give me a full history of the Cross E Ranch, as it was originally owned by his dad.

Dalon answered all my basic questions, but he offered up even more stories and information that made it so easy to form my story. He was the reason I redirected my attention to the business aspect of the ranch. He detailed how the business has changed in the past fifty years, and how he had to creatively overcome the obstacles.

The writing process was hard, as I expected, but it was not hard for the reasons I had expected. I ended up with so much information, that I didn’t know what to cut out. That has never happened to me before. I also had a problem shifting my story focus. I was originally just going to cover the Cross E Ranch Fall Festival as a current event, but my interview with Dalon led me a different direction. I struggled with trying to focus on both, rather than letting my obvious true topic lead the story.

In the end I learned so much from writing this article. I was intimidated by this assignment at the beginning of the semester, but I really enjoyed the whole process. I feel that my writing has improved, and I gained interview experience at the same time.

The biggest lesson I learned is to not force the material into an originally conceived topic. Some stories will lead you.

ABOUT ME:

IMG_3885I am 22 years old, born and raised in Salt Lake City. I started my college journey at Utah Valley University, where I spent two years earning an associate degree in Dance Education before transferring to the University of Utah. This is now my third year at the University of Utah, and I am set to graduate in the Spring of 2019 with a degree in Strategic Communication.

I love writing, but my true focus is in brand creation and design. My hope is to work for a business involved in the arts, and get back to my roots as a dancer.

When I am not in school or working, I spend my free time with my family and boyfriend. I can also be found reading, at a yoga studio, or doing my own or a friend’s makeup at any given time.

Claire Hillard

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This article was a particularly interesting one to research and develop. I chose to write about natural remedies for stress relief because it is a topic that interests me but is outside of my comfort zone. I don’t think I know a single person who doesn’t feel stress and some people struggle with it more than others. Partially for my own benefit, I wanted to know what sort of non-pharmaceutical options are available for those who experience regular stress and anxiety.

Contacting the best sources was surprisingly simply. All it took was one phone call or email and everyone seemed happy to help. People really do love sharing their passions. I think the people I chose to interview were perfect for the piece. Dr. Knorr is a naturopathic doctor who specializes in natural remedies for all sorts of ailments. Josh Williams is a clinical herbalist who regularly helps prescribe herbs for people with anxiety. I chose Mia Gallardo as my final interviewee because I felt it added to the story to showcase a person who practices some of the treatments the two professionals recommended.

Writing this article was an interesting experience. The answers I received in the interviews were fascinating and not what I was expecting. I was expecting the article to end up in a sort of Buzzfeed style and name the various recommendations from the two professionals. However, natural medicine is not black and white. There isn’t just one answer or one herb to solve a person’s problems.

Because of the nuances in natural medicines, I had to pivot my intention for the article. Instead of focusing on products a person can use, I focused more on their general advice for those with stress. It raised a few ethical issues in not wanting to give blanket advice that may not help some. While the products they recommended were interesting, I didn’t want to give the assumption that by reading this article, a person could self-medicate and solve all their problems.

I think the hardest part of putting this story together was having to cut out so much material. My shortest interview lasted 35 minutes and my longest was about an hour. There was so much material and I learned so much. When I wrote my first draft of the article, it was more than double the desired length. I ended up having to cut out more than half of the original content — some of which were my favorite bits of information. There were just so many interesting details that I didn’t want to leave out.

As a writer trying to keep an interesting, useful and concise article, I chose the information I thought would fit best together and be most easily absorbed. While this wasn’t easy, it was a good process to experience.

Writing this article was a wonderful experience. I made really neat connections with three new people. I learned some things that I was able to apply to my own life. I even purchased some Ashwagndha for myself to see if it helped. It was a great learning experience in working on my writing as well as gaining useful knowledge.

IMG_2282ABOUT ME:

I’m in my third year of my undergraduate education at the University of Utah. I am studying strategic communication and minoring in business. Both in school and in my personal life, I am fascinated by the impacts of nature, kindness, and positivity on the mind.

My interest in strategic communication began when I discovered a connection between psychology and marketing. I think human behavior and cognition is fascinating and wanted to find a way to incorporate this into a profession. I was a creative child and everything seemed to fit together.

As of now, my dream career is to do marketing or advertising in the outdoor industry. Because I am a huge outdoor adventurer, I know the outdoor industry well and know how to appeal to the market.

For me, home is on an inflatable sleeping pad under the stars. When I’m not studying for finals, I spend most of my time in the Utah desert. Some of the most impactful moments in my life have happened while surrounded by good company and towering red cliffs. I camp, rock climb, canyoneer, raft rivers, and do just about anything outdoors. I am a self-care enthusiast and an eternal optimist.

Spencer K. Gregory

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I have always been passionate about capturing the story.

I have been a volunteer student leader at the Bennion Center for about two years. As I have been able to serve my community and local students in their service journey, I have been able to develop a desire to increase in my own civic engagement and awareness and strive to help others learn the same.

Photography has always been my passion. I was the photography team leader on the communications team at the Bennion Center. Over time, I have developed to be the design team leader over the graphic designers as I focus on the media developed for the TV monitor screens in the Union building.

Although I have not always been actively a part of direct service, I believe my efforts have primarily been to help increase awareness of the active participants of the Bennion Center. This has helped me to develop skills dealing with graphic design development, photography, and videography.

My desire for this project was to apply the skills I have learned from my involvement at the Bennion Center into developing and capturing the story of the Bags to Beds program.

Bags to Beds has been such a great program that has done so much good for the community, and I wanted to capture the story of how it started and developed into the unique program that it is. It offers solutions to two community problems, homelessness and plastic waste.

Kaitlin McLean has been an inspiration to so many individuals, and I believe that we can all have a great impact as we strive to look for ways we can get actively engaged in our local community to make a positive change.

ABOUT ME:

I strive for civic engagement and community awareness.Professional Photo (Spencer Gregory)

I grew up loving to explore and create. My favorite things to do were playing with Legos or traveling outside. As I have grown up, I continue to love exploring what I can do to engage myself more in the community.

Throughout my whole life, I have been interested in photography, writing and design. I always try to see how I can portray the story in the best way. Whether it’s an event I’m trying to promote, a product I’m trying to capture, or a story about someone’s life, I make sure to portray to the best of my ability to create something intriguing.

I now major in strategic communication with a multidisciplinary design minor and an arts technology major. I plan to strive to enhance my skills to continue to develop as an active part in my community.

Josh Ludlow

MY STORY: Goalkeeping done right, from TIP Goalkeeping

MY BLOG:

For many weeks I wondered what I was going to write my enterprise story on. I debated in my head whether I should write a story on a restaurant I really enjoy, a business I am interested in or a person who has an interesting story. But as I continued to think about what I enjoy doing, the thought came to me to contact my old friend Brian Simmons about his goalkeeping start-up company.

Brian and I had worked together when I was in high school playing as goalkeeper for the team. He was my goalkeeper coach. We became close friends and had stayed in touch off and on throughout the years following my high school career. I remembered he had said something once about starting up some goalkeeping deal with high schoolers. So I contacted him and asked about it.

When I asked Brian about what he had been doing with his small business he said to come and see. He invited me to one of the Saturday morning sessions, which started at the ripe time of 8 a.m. Upon attending I was able to gather contact information for those whom I could interview for details about TIP Goalkeeping. Watching the session was enjoyable and provided more insight into what was happening at TIP than actually interviewing. They even let me kick a few soccer balls at the kids who were training.

When I left the field I couldn’t have felt more confident about the story I was going to put together. I had details of the environment, the type of training that was happening and a better grasp on what could make the story enticing. I want to thank Brian for letting me come and let me see what good he is doing for those he works with.  

ABOUT ME:

The sport world carries my heart — especially college football and the international sport of soccer.

IMG_20180317_143950 (1)I have always had a ball at my feet since I can remember. I began playing at the age of 5 in the local recreation league. I was not the best on the team but I enjoyed playing. Later on I learned that I was pretty good at playing goalkeeper. I stuck with that all throughout high school and was offered to play at a few colleges. I turned the offers down.

Playing, however, sparked something I have come to love: coaching and teaching the younger generation what I wished I had known about correct technique and form. I currently coach for a club in Davis County.

I am a student at the University of Utah where I am studying communication. However, that will be changing come the next semester as I pursue my dream of studying sports psychology.

It is my hope that one day, I will be able to look back through my life and be able to say that I was able to help people.

Kowhai Anderson

MY STORY:

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When the Enterprise Story was introduced, I knew exactly what I wanted to write about. My goal was to interview a successful female business owner and capture their story. In the words of Sheryl Sandberg, CFO of Facebook, “Today in the United States and the developed world, women are better off than ever.” For my project, I hoped to find a woman who exemplifies these encouraging words. I wanted to find a woman who is passionate about what she does and uses her success to better the lives of the people around her. In my search, I found Stacy Kelly, the owner of Construction Material Recycling.

For this project, I had to step outside of my comfort zone. A wallflower is a noun I would use to describe myself. Reaching out and contacting someone I was unfamiliar with, asking if I could visit their business and take an hour out of their day for an interview, was an intimidating thought. I fortunately conquered my fears and successfully reached out to Kelly. I am thankful I did, as it was an honor to interview her. She was welcoming, honest and vulnerable. I was moved by Kelly’s story of strength and compassion. Additionally, I got to speak with two of Kelly’s close friends who are also successful entrepreneurs. Their words of admiration and respect were inspiring.  

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As I began combing through the information I gathered, I decided I wanted the focus of my article to be on Kelly. I organized the story in a chronological order, filled with quotes to make the story more personal. In the process of writing this article, I realized the value of creating a timely narrative. Interviewing a successful businesswoman is an opportunity I’m thankful to have had.

ABOUT ME: 

Kowhai Anderson is studying to receive her bachelor’s degree at the University of Utah. She is a declared communication major with an emphasis in strategic communication. Her aspirations include building a career in advertising, marketing and public relations. Anderson is an avid reader with a passion for photography, live music, film and fashion.

 

Redefine beauty with positive body image

Story and gallery by MORGAN STEWART

“In the last decade, there was a 446 percent increase in the number of cosmetic procedures in the U.S., with 92 percent performed on women. The majority being liposuction,” according to Beauty Redefined.

Today more than ever women and young girls are facing unrealistic ideals about beauty and body image. Coming from every media outlet, these beauty standards are becoming extremely harmful to the thoughts and minds of young girls and women all over the world.

Identical twins Lexie and Lindsay Kite recognized this issue and established the nonprofit organization Beauty Redefined in 2013 after obtaining their doctoral degrees from the University of Utah. After great research and study the twins have made it their mission to shine light on the effects of the beauty standards that are portrayed in the media and to start a different conversation about body image.

Their Story

As young girls, the twins were avid competitive swimmers starting at just 6 years old. The girls loved to swim until their attention moved from their actual performance to the way they looked in their swimsuits, Lindsay writes on the organization’s website. This started the girls’ “preoccupation with weight loss” that consumed so much of their thoughts and actions during their developmental years.

But the girls were not alone. Many of their friends were experiencing the same thoughts and emotions toward their bodies and appearances. The common factor that the girls believe attributed to some of these thoughts was the “easy access to media our entire lives,” Lindsay wrote.

Movies, television, social media and magazines all portray a certain standard for beauty. What is cool, what is not cool, what is thin, what is fat, and even what it means to be successful. And the list goes on.

Today

Today, Beauty Redefined has become a successful tool for spreading awareness of the damaging cultural standards that are portrayed in the media. Lexie and Lindsay travel the world teaching about positive body image and their strategies for developing what they call “body image resilience.”

In an online interview with the women they described body image resilience as “the ability to become stronger because of the difficulties and objectification women experience living in their bodies, not just in spite of those hard things.”

Through their speeches, website, blog, social media accounts and eight-week body image resilience program the twins are helping women and girls all around the world to shut down these ideals and to build positive body image from within.

The Beauty Redefined “Body Image Resilience Program” is an eight-unit online program. The program is designed to teach women how to recognize harmful messages in the media and how to reflect on the ways in which those messages impact their daily lives. Furthermore, the program guides women through the process of redefining beauty and how we think about beauty, health and self-worth.

Though there are many “well-intentioned” people who promote positive body image by telling women to embrace their beauty and bodies, Beauty Redefined takes a different approach. “Beauty Redefined is changing the conversation about body image by telling girls and women they are MORE than beautiful,” Lexie told me. “We assert positive body image is about feeling positively toward your body overall, not just what it looks like.”

The Beauty Redefined mantra is: “Women are more than just bodies. See more. Be more.”

Because media in all forms are becoming increasingly easy to access, the popularity of various social media platforms has skyrocketed in the past few years as well as the negative effects that accompany them.

I asked the women how they felt the rise of social media has been affecting women today. “As image-based social media content like Instagram and Pinterest have soared in popularity, so has the endless self-comparison so many girls and women engage in. That self-comparison is a trap, a ‘thief of joy,’ and leads to unhappiness,” they said.

To avoid the harm of self-comparison and the other dangerous messages portrayed in the media the sisters recommend going on a “media fast.” Avoid the use of any and all forms of media for a few days to “give your mind the opportunity to become more sensitive to the messages that don’t look like or feel like the truths you experience in real life, face to face with real fit people and your own health choices,” Lexie suggested. By eliminating media for a period of time you allow yourself to become more aware of these messages and the way they truly make you feel.

Another tip the women shared with me is to “stay away from mirrors while exercising.” Research has shown that women who work out in front of mirrors are less likely to perform to the best of their ability because their focus is on how they look rather than what their bodies are able to do.

Finally, “use your body as an instrument, not an ornament: When women learn to value their bodies for what they can do rather than what they look like, they improve their body image and gain a more powerful sense of control,” Lexie said. This is the mantra that much of the organization’s content stems from.

Moving Forward

Though there are many issues concerning female body image and the way women’s bodies are portrayed in the media, the biggest issues are that “women’s bodies are valued more than women themselves,” Lexie said.

Objectification is the root of these issues and both men and women must fight to stop it.

The sisters believe that “progress for all of society requires valuing women for more than our parts, not simply expanding the definition of which parts are valuable.”

 

University of Utah students discuss their passion for medicine and science

What university students are enduring now to be successful later on.

Story and slideshow by Ryan Matthew Thurston

It’s late on a Saturday night, and while most students are sleeping, partying or hanging out with friends, Ben Battistone, a freshman from Salt Lake City, is busy studying.

“I spend 15 to 20 hours a week on homework, conservatively. If it’s a test week I spend probably about 30,” he said.

He has a good reason to study. Although Battistone is only 19, he has big plans for the future: He wants to be a doctor.

“My dad is a doctor, so I grew up around it,” he said. “I’ve always been a quantitative person, so the sciences come naturally.”

Battistone has been studying at the University of Utah for almost a year. He’s not entirely sure what kind of doctor he wants to be, but whatever his specialty, his primary focus is helping people.

“I want to make a positive difference,” he said. “I really hope people don’t do it for money or job security. You’re sacrificing quality of care. If someone’s in it for the money, they won’t be as passionate and motivated as if they’re in it for the people.”

Helping patients is an essential part of any medical profession. As one doctor told Battistone, “They don’t treat patients, they treat people.” But he says the extra workload is worth it.

“Students in general are under a lot of pressure,” Battistone said. “You have to balance a lot of things in class while being asked to somehow take extracurricular activities. It’s crazy sometimes.”

The tremendous workload is a common theme among science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors. Ben Adams, a biomedical engineering major from Salt Lake City, has experienced similar trials in his pursuit of going to medical school.

“I don’t know that the major is the most important part of it,” Adams explained. “I’ve been considering changing my major to biochemistry or kinesiology.”

Between taking classes and studying, Adams also plays defense for the No. 1 ranked lacrosse team in the nation. Participating in sports has also influenced his career path.

“This summer I had a hip surgery done,” he said. “That doctor was incredible. He did such a great job that it made me think this is maybe something I want to look into.”

Like Battistone, Adams only takes four classes a semester, but considers his workload to be significantly more. Each class requires more work outside of it and contains harder concepts within.

“I’m in 12 credit hours, and it’s supposed to be a lighter load,” he explained. “But I probably spend upwards of four hours a day on calculus and bioengineering.”

Such a workload might seem unfamiliar to students with different majors. But for STEM majors and pre-med students, it’s a common thread that binds them together.

“I think about how the workload differs between majors a lot,” Adams said. “Some kids have 16 credit hours and have more free time whereas I’m swamped the whole day.”

Adams isn’t complaining though. He understands the work he has to put in might be more than someone else, comparatively.

“The end goal is very desirable,” he said. “Helping other people is something I want to do. It’s challenging but worth it.”

Helping people is a consistent theme across STEM majors, even for those who don’t want to go to medical school. Stella Ray is a chemistry major from Park City, Utah, but says she eventually wants to teach the subject in high school.

“I took chemistry all three years in high school,” she said. “I was a teaching assistant and tutor for it as well, and that’s how I decided I wanted to teach it at the high school level.”

Although Ray is only 19, education has always been something she’s wanted to work in. She explained that while chemistry can be challenging, having to work hard to understand the material has given her a greater appreciation for it.

“I like the challenge that chemistry poses,” she said. “Physics makes like no sense to me, but chemistry poses enough of a challenge that I had to work at it, and because of that I ended up liking it more.”

Ray also puts a lot into her studies, but often does so with friends to make things easier.

“The classes that require the most effort are my calculus and chemistry classes for sure,” she said. “It doesn’t feel like a ton of work though, since I have such a good support group of friends.”

Interaction with others is something Ray anticipates as she pursues her career.

“I think maybe more so than the subject of chemistry I love teaching,” she said. “That is my No. 1 priority, to become a teacher.”

Ray explained that in high school, she was amazed how different teachers led to different experiences for students.

“A lot of my peers have had different teachers,” she said. “Usually if they didn’t like chemistry it was because of the teacher they had. If you have a good teacher, even if the subject doesn’t come naturally, you’re still going to enjoy it more. I want to be the teacher that makes this subject accessible to everyone.”

Whether they are studying anatomy, chemistry or biology, the students at the University of Utah all seem to be tied together by more than just their workloads. Those who really work at it all seem to have one goal in common: helping others.