Hello! My name is Allyson Wainright and I’m a senior at Western Carolina University. Upon graduation, I will have a Bachelor’s degree in Communication with a concentration in Journalism and a minor in International Relations. I’m seeking a job as a reporter for a newspaper or TV station in the Raleigh area. My goal as a journalist is to provide a voice for those who deserved to be heard. As an avid documentary watcher, i love to hear about other people’s stories, and I aspire to create my own documentary one day about a certain group or culture that I would want to know more about.
In my last semester of college, I worked as an intern at The Mountaineer where I became familiar with their content management system, BLOX. I was able to apply the skills I learned in class to real-life applications, writing a variety of stories from feature stories to event coverage. The most rewarding story I worked on was a feature story on a woman’s health journey to receiving a kidney transplant.
Additionally, I was the News Editor for The Western Carolina Journalist, an online news publication. While editing other student’s articles, I also wrote a variety of articles about WCU issues that interest me like diversity and sustainability. The first story I ever wrote dealt with housing issues on campus and I was the voice for the students, asking the necessary questions that needed to be answered. I’ve come a long way since then, writing multimedia articles using Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Audition. It’s that first story and others that remind me why I want to be a journalist, to make sure people’s voices are heard.
As apart of the curriculum, I took an Intro to Computing class where I learned HTML design and Scratch, a programming language. The experience tested my comfort zone and showed my determination to learn a new skill.
Also, from 2018-2020, I was the Vice President of the WCU chapter of Society of Professional Journalists(SPJ). As Vice President, I collaborated with the president about workshops, meetings and potential fundraisers. As an SPJ member, I attended one conference and a couple of workshops that expanded my knowledge about journalistic integrity and new developments in an ever-changing field.