Sarah Gibson graduated from the University of Delaware in 2017 with a B.A. in English, with a concentration in Professional Writing, and a Journalism minor.
During her time as an undergraduate, Gibson freelanced for the Newark Post and was a reporter and editor for The Review.
"The journalism program gave me the tools and
inspiration to pursue a career in journalism," Gibson said. "I started my undergraduate
degree as an English major with no minors because I knew I wanted to be
a writer in some capacity, but I didn't have any specific passions yet.
"In my fall semester freshman ENGL 101 class, we had Mark Bowden, the
university's Distinguished Writer in Residence and a professor in the journalism program, as a guest speaker. To prepare for his visit, we
read his Vanity Fair article called 'The Case of the Vanishing Blonde.'
I was fascinated by the story but even more enthralled by his writing
style, and for the first time I actually saw myself in a writing career - specifically, a journalism career."
Gibson went to work for The Review, and she then snagged a freelance opportunity with the Newark Post with the help of Professor Dawn Fallik.
"The stories I got to cover were always unique and exciting," she said, "and I loved
getting to experience more of Newark through my work and being able to
hone my journalism skills even further outside of the classroom. That experience confirmed my belief that a career in journalism is the right path for me."
Today, Gibson is a graduate student at American University pursuing a master's degree in investigative journalism.
Why journalism: "I think we need journalism because the public has a right to know enough to make informed decisions, and journalists are the professionally curious writers who provide news without bias. Being a journalist is more than the ability to write well; it carries the additional responsibility of following the journalism rules of ethics and acting as a 'watchdog' and a public servant through careful research and reporting."
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