In winter 2016, I took the course “London in the Age of Revolution.” The course explored the center of the English empire and the history of revolutionary ideas and culture. I received a scholarship to help with the costs of the course, and part of receiving the scholarship meant I had to turn in a piece of creative work. I created a project using Atavist looking at the roots of investigative journalism in London, how people crafted their identity in London and barriers to abolishing the slave trade.
During the spring 2017 semester, the College Heights Herald decided to publish a magazine chronicling the 20 year tenure of WKU President Gary Ransdell, who was set to retire that summer. I wrote a story detailing the efforts Ransdell made over his career to center WKU as a “leading American university with international reach.”
As a graduate of the WKU’s Mahurin Honors College, I spent several semesters researching the connection between journalism and human rights. I defended my thesis my last semester, spring 2018, and it passed with honors. My thesis argues journalists have had a role in the advancement of human rights with historical precedence to support this, and evidence to support that their work as journalists comes to support a growing concept of universal human rights.