My name is Jessie Christopher Smith, and I am a senior at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. I have been a reporter for Gaylord News since spring of 2020, and I just returned from Washington, D.C., after covering the presidential election for the fall semester. My major is Journalism, broadly, with a track emphasis on Online, but I have found myself increasingly drawn to longform, creative nonfiction writing. This interest was no doubt informed by my minors in English, Literary & Cultural Studies and Religious Studies. I have never completely abandoned the training I received from my theological and literary backgrounds, but I felt I needed to carve my own identity for myself as a distinct individual, and journalism has been my way of doing that for the past six years.
For a rundown of my life’s journey, read “About Me.” For samples of my work during my time at Gaylord College, see “Giving My Best.” For a list of other places I’ve worked, check out my resume. And if you’d like to contact me, always feel free to reach out.