Jamie Wanzek

Jamie Wanzek, New Media Journalism major, explores and captures images

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in New Media Journalism

Class of: 2017

My interest in journalism was sparked in high school, when I did a month-long internship at my local newspaper, The Durango Herald. As part of that I covered the Red Bull Cold Rush, an amazing freestyle skiing competition held a nearby Silverton Mountain. I was a competitive freestyle skier, and the experience really resonated! After that, a few of my friends and I started our small charter school’s first school newspaper with help from our humanities teacher. I was the Sports Editor.

“The unique New Media Journalism major brought me to Sierra Nevada College. I was able to combine my fascination with journalism and interests in photography and digital art into an interdisciplinary degree that has lead to great connections and experiences.”

Jamie Wanzek, New Media Journalism major, skis powder in the back countryI used my photography and graphic design training to design a periodical highlighting the High Fives Foundation’s Military to the Mountains Program, as part of my Service Learning project. I landed a summer internship with the ski magazine Powder, which helped me develop my voice and learn about pitching stories. I’ve competed on the SNC women’s free ski team every season, and lived in Alicante, Spain studying Spanish during my junior semester abroad.

Most of all, I’ve worked on the Eagle’s Eye for all four years, finishing as Managing Editor my senior year. Through my journalism classes, my experience with the paper, and Tanya Canino’s inspiration, I have fallen in love with reported journalism and the art of storytelling.

Being the editor at the Eagle’s Eye has taught me as much about how to work as a team and build time management and communication skills as it has about journalism.

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