“Student Affairs is a perfect place to learn while telling stories that really matter to the campus community.”
Responsibilities: Took photographs, pitched stories, identified students and staff members to profile, established relationships with individuals and organizations on campus, conducted interviews, wrote and edited stories, prepared stories in WordPress and created social media sharelines.
- A profile of student veteran Kyle Andrews that I wrote for Veterans Day 2019. I’m from a military family, so his story was especially important to me. Kyle had a very interesting journey to Mizzou and contributes a lot to the campus community. I also enjoy working with nontraditional students, like Kyle, and highlighting students who don’t normally get recognition.
- A story I wrote for Mental Health Awareness month on students who have a semicolon tattoo. The tattoo started as part of Project Semicolon, which says, “a semicolon is used when an author could have ended a sentence but chose not to; that author is you and that sentence is your life.” The students I interviewed were so gracious in sharing their stories and were very open with me about the meanings behind their tattoos. I got a lot of feedback from that story from students who appreciated mental health on campus being discussed.
What I’ve learned: I’ve been able to apply my convergence journalism training and hone my skills as a one-woman band. I work remotely a lot and I’m all over campus, wherever I need to be, so I have to be resourceful. My writing and storytelling has also improved dramatically, thanks largely to the guidance I received from Erik Potter. This job has challenged me but I have grown a lot in the process.
What Others Say
“Sammie Davidson’s story earned the Disability Center so much engagement! It was a really beautful story well told. We can’t thank Sarah enough for finding this story and bringing it to the attention of the broader Mizzou community.” – Ashley Brickley, director, Disability Center