Hello folks! I wanted to leave a short entry here to let you know that I no long seek work in the journalism field. However, I don’t want to delete this blog. I put a lot of work into it and I like that it displays my short-lived-but-awesome journey as a reporter. I definitely enjoyed it while it lasted.
I also thought that perhaps this will serve as an example for aspiring reporters who are studying journalism right now. Maybe the people reading this are at any of my alma maters Central Michigan University or Oakland University. That would be cool!
I recently graduated with my MA in Communication, which feels like a huge relief. It involved so much time and energy! The last two years have been incredible! Currently, I’m looking for various positions, but I’m mostly interested in working in higher ed. Plus I want to continue my research (intersectional feminism and media studies) and I got several fictional writing projects in mind right now. It’s very exciting!
If you’re curious about what I’m doing, please check out my LinkedIn profile. For even more adventurous material, please visit my IG and/or my blog.
My name is Anna J. Palm and I’m a writer, painter and martial artist.
In May 2015, I graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts; my major was creative writing and journalism my minor. Shortly afterwards, I worked for The Morning Sun, a (then-local) paper in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. It was a wonderful learning experience and kind of an adventure until the company downsized and laid off people at several newspapers, including me. It’s doggy dog world out there.
Realizing that I needed additional education and a different life style, I began attending grad school at Oakland University in the fall 2016. Currently I’m working on my master’s in communication with a focus on media studies. People keep asking me if I’m going after a PhD – probably since they can hear on my voice that I love research – but unless I plan on teaching, there’s no point in getting one. My future goal is to get a job at a big company like General Motors or a publishing company where I can use what I’ve learned at grad school and grow as a writer.
Truth to be told, the Big Dream is to have my poems and fictional stories published one day so that I can live as a full-time author, like J.K. Rowling or Neil Gaiman.
Plus, I love travel. I’ve been to quite a few places already – Denmark, France, Austria, Italy, Egypt, several states such as North Carolina and Maine… – but there is so much more I want to see, so many people to meet and so many different kinds of dishes to taste.
You can also reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
By the way, bellow this post you can find my resume.
My name is Anna Palm and I’m an alumna from Central Michigan University.
Welcome to my portfolio! Here you can find articles I’ve written for The Morning Sun, CM Life, Grand Central Magazine and Midland Daily News. There are also some pieces I have done for class. I began this journey in 2012 when I was half-way through freshman year and wanted to do something exciting with my life. Asking questions, learning new things and writing about what I see and hear is a tremendous amount of fun, so I can see myself working for a newspaper, magazine or any kind of news-based company for a long time. Additionally, it’s interesting how this job continuously brings me to unique individuals and places, and makes me consider topics and issues I wouldn’t have thought of otherwise.
Some of my favorite experiences have been talking to students who sold their art on Etsy, going on a ride-along with a police officer, covering the annual Polar Plunge where people in costumes jump into the Rose Pond in the middle of February, and investigating how the administration handles sexual misconduct at Central Michigan University.
After graduation, I landed a job at The Morning Sun, which was even more amazing. My beat was education – with a city “part-time” beat – so I covered anything regarding the schools in Mt. Pleasant and CMU. I occasionally wrote stories I picked up at City Hall, mainly from the planning commission meetings. Besides having such a blast , I had a group of awesome colleagues; we were truly a team.
As a curious person, I like doing research and writing about several different things such as social issues, art and things that people don’t discuss enough, or might not know anything about. (Updated January 2016.)