My name is Natalie Anderson, and I’m a student journalist at Louisiana State University.
From January to August 2019, I investigated natural disasters across the U.S. as a fellow for the Carnegie-Knight News21 program, headquartered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. I worked with 36 other student journalists to report and produce a multimedia package of in-depth articles, podcast episodes and a documentary series for national media. I also worked with two teams to manage the News21 Facebook page and Twitter account. The full project can be viewed here.
For three years, I served LSU’s award-winning student newspaper, The Reveille, in various editorial roles, including editor in chief, managing editor and news editor. I also wrote as a news reporter for two semesters, and spearheaded coverage of the hazing death of a freshman pledge in 2017 that made national headlines. As editor, I oversaw a rebrand of The Reveille‘s print and digital product and the launch of a sports podcast. I also was involved in decisions regarding funding cuts from the university.
As a young journalist, I’ve led a newsroom and worked with editors to transition from a daily publication to a weekly print product while working to strengthen a daily digital presence. I also have covered politics and legislative sessions at the Louisiana State Capitol, obtained and analyzed public records and interviewed both experts and victims of natural disasters.
I pride myself on maintaining a genuine curiosity and desire to learn something new everyday, which fuels my drive as a journalist to keep asking questions and broaden my perspective of the world.
I will be graduating in December 2019 with a bachelor of arts in mass communication from LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication, and I’m double-minoring in political science and psychology. Having small town roots means that once I graduate, I hope to travel to as many places as I can to keep learning more and telling the stories of the world around me. I’m particularly interested in covering news and politics, but I intend to become an investigative reporter.
In 2017, I won awards and was recognized for contributing to The Reveille‘s breaking news, in-depth and editorial coverage of the freshman hazing death.
Journalism has increased my confidence, leadership skills and courage. I’m excited to work in a field that challenges me each day to tell the truth and be a voice for the people around me.