My name is Lauren Irwin and I’m 18 years old. I joined my school’s beginning journalism program my sophomore year and joined the student-led media staff, Mountain Vista Media (MVM), at the end of the semester.
During my time in MVM, I have gained a lot of knowledge about journalism itself. I simultaneously have learned a lot about myself along the way. I now know that through journalism I can tell people’s stories while creating something impactful.
When starting out in Journalism 1, I began as a writer. I loved to write and share the important lives of others. Although that is where I began, my love for journalism quickly broadened. I now proudly call myself a proficient writer, photographer, broadcast journalist and designer.
My commitment to journalism began through the teaching of my adviser, Mark Newton. I admired his storytelling and extensive experience. I walked into U328, our newsroom, almost halfway through my high school career, not having a clue what I wanted to do with my future. I am eternally grateful for him, my staff members, co-editors and the close relationships I’ve gained through the program. I have found my calling.
After being on the journalism staff, I quickly advanced into leading a team of 55 staff members and 15 co-editors. I have made many friendships through my journalism career that I know will outlast our days in high school.
I became fascinated with all aspects of journalism and the possibilities it provides. It is important to me to do what I enjoy. Even though journalism is a recent discovery in my life, I can never imagine doing something else.
The lessons I’ve learned about myself while in a leadership position and the experiences and knowledge I’ve gained from being a part of a journalism team are things I will carry with me through the rest of my life.
This is my portfolio for the 2018 Sister Rita Jeanne Scholarships. I hope you find my work and experiences exciting and my work ethic and passion compelling. Please contact me if questions arise.