Hello, my name is Michelle Ailport. I am attending the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Barrett, The Honors College pursuing my Bachelors in Journalism as well as certificates in Cross-Sector Leadership and Socio-Legal Studies.
Above all else, I am a journalist. In particular, this portfolio is a reflection of me not only as a journalist, but as an explorer. An advocate. A leader. It reflects the part of me that yearns for answers to uncover the truth, to empower others, and to create a dialogue.
So far, I have been successful. In 2018 I was selected by the Interscholastic Press Association as Arizona Student Journalist of the Year. I have received three Student Production Awards in the Arts and Cultural Affairs and Craft Editor categories for my work on SERVED, a food and restaurant web series, and for my project on the 2016 Avnet Tech Games. I have also received numerous awards from Arizona Interscholastic Press Association.
I can be found researching new story leads, learning new techniques on Photoshop or After Effects, and mentoring students at least three days a week. This is when I am at SPOT 127, KJZZ’s Youth Media Center, teaching teenagers about digital media and journalism as a production assistant. I’ve been a student here since my freshman year in high school, and I credit it for exposing me to the world of journalism.
I am also an adviser on The College Board Youth Advisory Council on Access to Higher Education. Last year I was selected as a QuestBridge College Prep Scholar and as a Flinn Scholar seminfinalist. I am one of 150 2018 Coca-Cola Scholars out of 90,000 initial applicants.
Journalism is something I hope to pursue now and into the future.