A Happy Life Update

Friends, family, visitors, etc. –

You may (or may not) be familiar with a piece I worked quite hard on with two of my 4804 peers, Bell Johnson and Lauren Slome, last summer about sex offenders living too closely to schools in the Columbia, Mo., area.

Well, believe it or not, that piece can now claim the title of “award-winning.”

Yes, yes, that is correct! “Five sex offenders living illegally next to Columbia schools” won the Korva Coleman Excellence award for the online print division, which is sponsored by SPOT 127 and KJZZ 91.5 FM in Phoenix, Ariz., my place of birth, so it’s actually super fitting and makes for a great miniature narrative. The J-school even wrote a little thing about it.

sex offenders slide

I’m quite happy for my little attempt at investigative journalism. But mostly, I just wanted to acknowledge it. I’m so incredibly grateful to go to a school that gives me the opportunity to work on journalistic pieces such as this  (I’m looking at you, 4804). I mean, I did this for a class. I got a grade on this! I paid to do this!!! (jk, not actually, but, like… sort of… you know what I mean…). Really though, if I didn’t have professors that pushed me outside of my comfort zone (“Yes, Shelby, you have to be a reporter sometimes, you can’t always be a producer.”) and made me feel like I’m actually capable of doing more than just simply completing a bare-minimum project by 6 pm on deadline day, none of this would have happened. At all.

So, many thanks to SPOT 127, KJZZ, the J school, my professors, and 4804.

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