“You must do the thing you think you cannot do” -Eleanor Roosevelt
Passion is one of the best traits a person can have. Without passion, life can sometimes feel like a waste of effort. Diving into something that you feel you can make a difference in can take you places you’d never imagine. From small town Kansas to big city Denver, I’ve met people who weren’t afraid of standing out letting the world know who they are. Along with passion comes the drive to step up and lead. Leadership isn’t obtained from laying on the ground but getting up, helping others up and taking action. Being an engaged citizen and making a difference only takes a small spark but that spark can turn into a wildfire of chance in the world. Each of the articles and press releases in my portfolio reflect a special way a student, community member or stranger took initiative stood out amongst the crowd. In the news writing section, you will read the stories of those who either helped organize or participate in an event or program that is giving back to those in need. You will also read about one courageous woman who is stepping up to the plate to keep her daughter’s legacy alive. In the feature writing section, you will read about two individuals with unique stories to tell about their lives and legacies. The review writing section features reviews of music artists with a passion for music greater than typically found the that realm of work and the opinion writing section one article about a girl’s struggle for freedom from a busy world. Both the photography and page design section feature the most artistic side of journalism and include photos from events and some for fun. Last, the press releases section include news releases from events that encourage students to get out and get their hands dirty in community service. All of the items included in the portfolio are a showcase of my skills in news writing and design. They also show a variety of writing that I enjoy from reviewing albums and concerts to meeting people or coffee and getting to know their life story. All of the articles in this portfolio reflect a different kind of mood, a mood set on leadership. The theme for this portfolio is STANDING OUT, which is shown in several different ways. The horizontal headers on the pages include a row of black and white flowers. Flowers are beautiful, but when bunched together can sometimes blend in to each other and the same can be said about people, but when one person decides to take a stand, fight for beliefs or showcase their passion, standing out becomes an easy task, which is displayed by the colored flowers in the center of the header. My goal for the future are to work with a non-profit helping to get the word about the change they are making in the world. I have a strong desire to work at a company that embraces free thinkers and those with a passion for making a difference, which are both traits I posses. I would also like to continue to write about others who share my same desire and show the world that excellency still exists today, especially in the hearts of young people. Welcome to my portfolio.