FEATURE // Fantastic Beasts, Harry Potter, and the Death of the Trilogy

Published Nov. 17, 2016 at ZekeFilm. Pentalogy. It might be word you’re about to become more acquainted with in the movie world. In the lead-up to the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling confirmed on Twitter in October that the Harry Potter spinoff is spinning off into five different chapters: …

FEATURE // Career Lessons from Leslie Knope

Originally published Oct. 28, 2014 on HelloGiggles.com. Within a week, the post received more than 930 likes and 135 shares on Facebook, 45 retweets, and 75 notes on Tumblr . [A round of applause for Amy Poehler! Her much-anticipated memoir, Yes, Please, came out today and it's power-packed with great advice for women. No surprise there. Her alter-ego, Leslie Knope, …

NEWS // Gatsby Sparkles Down to the Details

Image of Nick (Tobey Maguire), Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), Daisy (Carey Mulligan), and Tom (Joel Edgerton) in the 2013 film The Great Gatsby

Originally published in the A&E section of Taylor University's student newspaper, The Echo, on May 10, 2013 (also the release date of the film The Great Gatsby.) This article connected a national event (a major film release) with a local event, the university's first campus dance. Although I interviewed several members of the dance committee to learn more …

NEWS // Kahler, Wickham headline Youth Conference

Originally published on the front page Taylor University's newspaper, The Echo, on April 19, 2013. When sophomore Katy Spence attended Youth Conference in high school, she didn’t anticipate how much it would impact her. That weekend, God changed her views on what it meant to be a Christian.  “It was strategic planning on God’s part,” Spence said. …

FEATURE // Vera Bradley Blooming on Campus

Published in a spring 2011 issue of Taylor University's newspaper, The Echo. This piece about Vera Bradley localized a national (and particularly regional) trend. In addition to traditional interviewing and research, I created my own survey to try to put more concrete numbers on the trend. Skills used: News writing, research, survey research, interviewing. A pile …