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Though to some it might sound idealistic or naive, I decided to study journalism because I have an innate empathy. Though there are undoubtedly infinite reasons to be discouraged and disenchanted by the lack of humanity and candor around us, I also see infinite examples and possibilities for good.  I’ve seen a lot of problems in the world as I’ve grown up, and many of them stem from miscommunications, or insufficient communication. As a journalist, I hope to put myself at the root of the process. News is not about the writer, but about the people who receive it. I want people reading the news to see apt reflections of themselves and further to be enlightened and inspired by what they read. I’m aware that this goal sounds like the mantra of a superhero, but I feel that as long as my intentions are good, I will be successful.

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After graduating, I hope to join a news room or the radio equivalent. I grew up on NPR and feel I would really enjoy working with the radio format and the creative minds behind its content. I enjoy writing, but the accessibility of radio journalism is appealing to me.

I will gain the skills I need by pursuing news, finding inspiration, and by working hard to get the most from my education. I enjoy writing and challenging myself to stay aware of what’s happening around me, and my time at San Francisco State has already given me a rude awakening to how much I need to learn and how journalism is an art of continuing education. I hope my education in journalism is never complete, and I aim to continue learning through my writing.


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About Lisa Carmack

I am a dedicated journalism student at SF State, finding new ways to explore the world around me through writing about it. I am an editorial intern at the San Francisco Bay Guardian and a freelancer for Castro Valley/San Lorenzo Patch. Follow my twitter! @lisacarmack

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