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National Scholastic Press Association 2018 Broadcast Journalist of the Year

Katherine Swartz has a passion for journalism that’s evident in everything she does; she follows her stories no matter the medium and has a strong interest in digital storytelling.

Katherine is a third-year global studies and film and media studies double major at UC Santa Barbara. She is focused on Middle Eastern politics as well as documentary studies, and is currently in her third quarter of Arabic. 

Her background in Global Studies has allowed her to examine not only political events of the region, but the importance of cultural preservation and representing minority groups and those displaced by war in her stories. She is the news and media intern for the Center for Middle East Studies at UCSB, where she interviews faculty and guest speakers, covers major discussions and events pertaining to the Middle East, and creates a quarterly newsletter for the Center.

Katherine is the university news editor for the Daily Nexus, the largest news publication at UCSB, and is responsible for assigning and editing pieces for our 50+ writer staff. Her area of focus is the UC Office of the President and national events pertaining to college students. Over the past four months, she has reported on the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) movement across the UC system, where graduate students are currently on strike and teaching assistants are withholding grades.

Katherine believes journalism isn’t just contained to a single medium, that the most effective reporting includes writing, photography, video, audio and graphic design. Katherine got her start to journalism five years ago in broadcast journalism, which taught her how to view her written stories through a digital perspective.

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