My name is Katie Pickrell and I'm currently the co-editor-in-chief of Mountain Vista Media at Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Before you begin, I thought I’d give you a little bit of background on who I am and why I’m applying to be the Journalism Education Association’s Journalist of the Year. Of course you can read further into who I am and what I’m passionate about later in the “About” section of this portfolio, but I figured I would start you off with something.
I joined my school’s media program, VISTAj, during my sophomore year. Since then, I’ve had a good understanding of my goal in life: to tell stories that impact the general public and spread knowledge through society.
I now consider myself to be an (almost) star student, a committed community volunteer and, most importantly, a full-time journalist and co-editor-in-chief of Mountain Vista Media.
Putting together this portfolio, I began to realize I was showcasing more than just schoolwork – I’ve really pieced together a view into my life over the past three years. When I received the Dorothy Greer Scholarship for the Colorado Journalist of the Year, a wave of relief and reassurance washed over me as I have devoted every minute of every hour of every day to news and the media since I became a leader on staff for Mountain Vista Media.
From my school’s community to the international level, everything I’ve done throughout my entire educational and professional career since I first sparked this interest in journalism my sophomore year has revolved around journalism. My involvement with MVM has shown me the impact news has on our society and how immensely stories can influence a community.
It’s for this reason that journalism has become such a focal point of my life and I cannot imagine how drastically different I may be had I never walked into a media class during my high school career.
I’m beyond grateful to have the opportunity to put together this portfolio and cannot thank you enough for taking time to look into my work and experiences.