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249052_1838134360947_3511665_nSiobhan Callahan: I am a Wake Forest University sophomore and reporter for Heard it Here. I am also a reporter for Wake TV.  I have always been amazed how information has the ability to connect people.  I first witnessed this process through a family newsletter, at age 8, and have not been disappointed with the power of the written and spoken word since.  I recently started to understand the amazing community of downtown Winston and look forward learning all that I can, while sharing my information in order to enhance the unique downtown community.  I welcome your input and response to any of my stories! Feel free to contact me on my cell (610) 389-6067 or by email at Callsf13@wfu.edu.

Word press picAmalia Klinck-Shearman: I am a student-journalist at Wake Forest University, where I am studying communications, history and journalism. I have a passion for people and for writing about issues that affect people and their everyday lives and hope to become a professional journalist upon graduation. In the past, I have been a contributing writer for Wake Forest’s student-run newspaper, The Old Gold and Black, and have written pieces for The Knot Magazine, The Knot Michigan and The Knot Colorado. Heard It Here is a weekly on-line newspaper which focuses on prevalent issues throughout downtown Winston-Salem. As a contributing writer for this digital newspaper, I hope to create stories that bring the community closer together, exposes issues downtown, and ultimately brings about change. Feel free to contact me anytime regarding my stories or potential stories! You can reach me by email at klinaa0@wfu.edu or on my cell at (305) 801-5140.

PictureJennifer Koniuk:  I am a senior at Wake Forest University studying psychology with a double minor in communications and journalism. As a student-journalist, I’ve developed a passion and aspiration to enter the field of public relations upon graduation this May. The world of journalism fascinates me and I believe it is crucial to understand how reporters think and operate in order to be successful in the world of public relations which is one of many reasons I decided to minor in journalism. It’s evident that news surrounds us every day whether through television, twitter, newspapers or magazines and understanding the behind-the-scenes aspects of the news we hear about is fascinating. Community journalism, in particular, is so valuable because national news can always be localized and things always occur in towns and cities that are sensational, topical and important for residents to know. My goal for this class is to better understand the Winston-Salem community and to develop stories that would capture people’s attention. This class will not only give me the opportunity to advance my journalism skills and talk to individuals outside of the Wake Forest community, but also truly understand the history and development of Winston-Salem. Please feel free to contact me with story ideas or comments- konija0@wfu.edu 631-988-4907.

Sinthu Ramalingam: I am a senior at Wake Forest University, where I am majoring in Politics and International Affairs, and minoring in Middle East and South Asian Studies, and Journalism. I have written a few articles for The Old Gold and Black, and co-authored an article for the North Carolina Undergraduate Journal for Public Affairs. Community journalism is something new to me, and I feel as though it plays a big role in communities. I like the idea of community journalism, and the idea of integrating into the community in order to do the reporting. Although I have been in Winston-Salem for four years, I have not experienced downtown that much. I hope to learn a lot not only about reporting, but also about Winston-Salem from this class. Feel free to email or call me if you have any ideas, questions, or concerns. My e-mail is ramas0@wfu.edu, and my number is 614-507-0030.

Taylor S. Rousseau: Getting personal in 250 words is always hard, but here is my valiant attempt. Bear with me. I’m a senior at Wake Forest with a major in Anthropology and a minor in Journalism. After graduation in May I have plans to ‘breathe,’ but if Wake  has taught me anything, it’s to multitask, so I can predict a lot of non-profit service work and writing in my future. My interest in journalism actually sparked my interest in Anthropology, surrounding myself with people, learning about them, and boosting their voice are all, in my opinion, highlights of journalism, particularly community journalism. I’m excited to add my own voice to this blog, and hopefully help to further some connection between Wake Forest and Downtown Winston. Please feel free to contact me with story ideas or comments – rousts0@wfu.edu (513) 400-1217

0April Walsh: I am a senior at Wake Forest majoring in Communication with minors in Journalism and Classics. The theme linking my academic interests is the art of story telling. I enjoy traveling to different places to learn more about the concept of community and what makes each one unique. Since I am a Connecticut native, this curiosity is what directed my college search south and ultimately to Wake. In the past, I was a field reporter for the Wake TV student station and covered events at many local businesses. I also contributed to the Charlotte Observer during the most recent presidential election. Downtown Winston is such a vibrant place so I look forward to reporting in the area. I love writing about the arts including but not limited to: art, music, and cuisine! Please feel free to send story ideas to  203-644-4450 or walsan0@wfu.edu

Phoebe Zerwick: I am a lecturer in the English Department at Wake Forest University, where I teach journalism and writing. I came to teaching after more than 20 years as a working journalist, mostly at the Winston-Salem Journal, where I was a reporter, columnist and editor. I have always been drawn to human stories and to the role journalism plays in defining and creating community. Heard It Here is a regular news report produced by students in my community journalism class. I serve as editor, but the work you see is the work of my students. Feel free to email or call me with story ideas and comments. I want to hear from you when we get it right and when we don’t. You may reach me by email at zerwicp@wfu.edu or on my cell at 336-682-2249.

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