My name is Michelle Ailport. I do lots of things.
I’m an news and features producer intern at The Arizona Republic/azcentral in Phoenix. Before the Republic, I was a program coordinator at Arizona PBS, digital media lead peer advocate at BLOOM365 and production assistant at SPOT 127, KJZZ’s Youth Media Center.
I’m reviving the undead as a Z-Team member of Dr. Athena Aktipis’s Zombified Podcast, a source of fresh brains. I’m also copy editor of Normal Noise, a biannual magazine.
Oh, and I’m a junior(ish — it’s complicated) attending the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University. In the fall, I will begin my Master of Mass Communication classes and research with the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict. In the spring, I’m pausing my time in Arizona and off to Germany — send your international news tips my way!
Down the road, I see myself pursuing law school to work in the areas of press freedom, first amendment litigation, civil liberties and communication law. So much of what we are able to do as journalists are because of allies, such as lawyers, who are willing to defend freedom of the press. After my time as a journalist reporting in the field, I hope to use my skills to make reporting easier for others.
But for now, I am excited to continue to tell stories (and help others do that too as much as I can). I am not a journalist under the pretense that I will be paid well or appreciated by many — I do it and will continue to do it because I love it.