CLARECE POLKE

REPORTER

 

Journalism has opened the door to a world of opportunity for a country girl from Archer, Fla. Henry Anatole Grunwald, former editor in chief of Time, Inc., eloquently portrayed the role journalism plays in our society when he said, “Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault.” It is that role, to speak the undiluted truth regardless of the consequences, which drew me to a career in journalism.

 

I graduate this May with a degree in newspaper journalism, and have had several opportunities to practice journalism abroad.

 

In the summer of 2010, I was part of a six-student multimedia team that covered the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. I’m also a scholar for the Center for Global Security and International Affairs, and traveled throughout China in the summer of 2011 conducting research. I returned to China less than a year later to study abroad for a semester at Shantou University.

 

I was on staff of FAMU’s student newspaper, The Famuan, throughout my freshman and sophomore year, and was editor in chief in the Fall of 2011. Last semester, I interned with MSNBC in New York on the show NewsNation with Tamron Hall.

 

Follow me on Twitter: @clarepolke

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