Bethany is an undergraduate student in her first year at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. In addition to Strategic Communications, Bethany is also pursuing Political Science and Environmental Studies, from which she intends to become involved in international environmental policymaking or environmental media relations. She fell in love with the written word in elementary school, after narrating her first creative fiction story, but it wasn’t until high school when she combined her love of writing with her video-editing skills and her incurable passion for the environment.
In her freshman year at Ohio University’s noteworthy journalism school, Bethany has written for two student publications, created an Online News Association student group, and joined the Society of Professional Journalists. She’s an active member in the OU student chapter, while also contributing blog posts and social media assistance for national SPJ Digital initiatives. In her spare time, she stays active with biking, practices yoga, and reads National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines.
Bethany was nominated by Alex Veeneman, acting chairman of SPJ’s Digital Community and SPJ’s community coordinator.
Here is what Alex says about Bethany:
Bethany is a student representative for SPJ Digital, as well as a blogger for Net Worked, our blog.
Bethany expressed interest in one of the student representative positions in December 2014, as part of SPJ Digital’s 2015 strategy to enhance outreach to student chapters across SPJ, and was appointed to take on that role. Since her appointment, she has been a creative force in leading our student strategy, as well as making suggestions for moving SPJ Digital forward.
In addition, as part of our communication strategy, I was trying to incorporate more voices into Net Worked’s writings. When no one else would, Bethany stepped up and took the role on, contributing some insightful work on top of what she is doing at not just the student rep role, but also her classwork and work in The Post, the newspaper of Ohio University.
Even though she has been with SPJ Digital for a very short time, Bethany has gone above and beyond what is expected of her. Her work with SPJ as well as Ohio University shows her dedication to the future of the profession. In light of her hard work and leadership on such crucial matters to us, I nominate her for this well deserved honor.
Do you know of an outstanding SPJ volunteer? Nominate that person for Volunteer of the Month by contacting Susan Stevens, Membership Committee member, at Susanstevens@aol.com. Please tell us briefly why you are nominating the person and why your nominee is worthy of recognition. Nominations are due the 5th of each month and announced by the 15th.