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atrium magazine

Illustration by Lade Le

A Taste of Time

I spent a year exploring the natural and cultural history of a native South Florida plant, the seagrape, and the "lost recipe" for seagrape jelly deep in my family's history. The longform narrative nonfiction piece was published in the inaugural issue of Atrium Magazine, a student-run publication at the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications. As the magazine's first art director, I also designed the layout of this piece as it appeared in print, which you can read at the links below.

Miami Montage 2016 | Peace Sullivan/James Ansin High School Journalism Workshop in New Media

Vietnamese nail down a niche in the South Florida economy

The summer before my junior of high school, I was selected as one of 20 high school journalism students to participate in this three-week workshop at the University of Miami in which we learned from communications professors and worked on stories for the annual Miami Montage newsmagazine. For our topic, the evolving identity of South Florida, I wrote about under-covered Vietnamese nail salon industry in Miami and traced its roots back to Hollywood actress Tippi Hedren, known for her starring role in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, who I was able to interview. I also shot footage for a group documentary film we produced showcasing the culture and community in Little Havana.

SFS in the field
The School for Field Studies Blog

Saving the world takes all of us

During my study abroad program in Tanzania, I volunteered to write a piece for the SFS blog, which was featured in the August newsletter to alumni and prospective students. Read it for a glimpse into our daily life on the program, and how I was able to overcome the challenge of being a single journalism student among 20 STEM majors with more experience than me in field work and scientific data. 

reported academic essay

Feminizing Fisheries: A journalistic approach to exploring women's role in small-scale fisheries in coastal Tanzania and Zanzibar

During the Spring 2019 semester, I took MMC 4302: World Communication Systems, International Humanitarianism with 1992 Pulitzer Prize winner for Feature Photography John Kaplan. For my individual project, I researched the role women play -- and are forced to fill -- in small-scale fisheries in Tanzania, and how their involvement contributes to both society and conservation efforts. In a hybrid research paper, feature story and theoretical action plan, I incorporated academic sources and personal interviews I conducted, such as the founder of an NGO in Dar es Salaam that makes use of community-based and bottom-up approaches to ocean conservation.