Portfolio

Greetings visitor,

In order to showcase my training and progress as an aspiring journalist, I selected five specific clips, all of them published, and annotated. If you wish to read my biography, please click the “About” page located in the menu bar of this website or click here.

Thank you, and I hope you enjoy!

  • Primate center cited for deaths of infant monkeys but still in compliance with Animal Welfare Act
  • Jan. 25, 2015
  • The Daily of the U.W.
  • The assignment was to investigate the three deaths of infant macaque monkeys overseen by the Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC). As my second investigative story and knowing that the WaNPRC has had a history of federal citations, I was determined to go above and beyond to find out the truth. I met regularly with my editors to provide updates on the status of my story in order to better determine the deadline for publishing. The entire investigation took approximately a month. I met and interviewed a total of seven sources to write this story, including a Seattle Times reporter to gain a holistic understanding of the issue.
  • OMA&D shifts local outreach efforts without Southeast Asian recruiter
  • Feb. 13, 2014
  • The Daily of the U.W.
  • The assignment was to investigate the unexpected dismissal of the Southeast Asian recruiter working at the U.W.’s Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D). As a reporter passionate about diversity issues, I wanted to objectively portray the tensions between the university administration and Asian-American community in Seattle. The entire investigation took approximately two months. I met and interviewed over a dozen sources to write this story, including local community leaders in Seattle.
  • Seattle’s Vietnamese-American community leads protest against rock band named Viet Cong
  • Oct. 19, 2015
  • International Examiner (I.E.)
  • Communications 364, Journalism in a Diverse Society
    Although written in the later parts of my college career at the U.W., one detail that is noteworthy about having written this story is the fact I made a mistake. After the editor of the I.E. published my story of a protest coverage in downtown Seattle, one of the readers had quickly pointed out in the comment section that I had put in the wrong location. My instructor, who was an adjunct instructor, reminded me that I should be more careful. She said that this small mistake could have affected traffic and potential participants of the protest. I learned that no matter how experienced I feel about my abilities as a reporter, I must always be vigilant. Realizing that I have influence in my community was an exhilarating and humbling experience.
  • Federal Way World War II vet knighted for helping liberate France
  • April 28, 2015
  • Federal Way Mirror, through Communications 362 (U.W. News Lab)
  • The assignment was to write a feature story, profiling a World War II veteran who was knighted by the National Order of the Legion of Honor. Writing about Frank Vetere, the recipient for the award, was the first profile that was not related to fashion or music. From the moment the editor of the Federal Way Mirror assigned the story, I was deeply humbled and honored that I had the opportunity to write about Mr. Vetere. I gathered a total of three sources to produce this story.
  • From the sea to the sound
  • July 11, 2012
  • The Thunderword, and portfolio website
  • The assignment was to seek out a local artist and write a feature. At the time, I was the arts editor of a The Thunderword, the student-run newspaper at Highline College. Writing about Banchong Douangphrachanh was the first feature I had ever written as a rookie journalist. I had only one source, and I used a lot of flowery language. At the time, I was heavily influenced by Vogue writers such as André Leon Talley, Hamish Bowles, and Robin Givhan, so I wanted to sound as poetic as possible. After publishing this story, I quickly learned that while there is nothing wrong with writing about fashion, I have to remember that an arts editor has the responsibility to write for the masses, not just for one particular niche.
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