In March 2015, I started working as a journalist at The Daily of the University of Washington, the student-run newspaper at UW. To be honest, it was a complete accident; I meant to fill out the application to be a staff photographer but when the journalist application opened first, I decided to give it a shot. Now, over a year and a half later, this choice has transformed my undergraduate career. Instead of identifying first and foremost as a student, I see myself as a journalist, and my critical thinking and information-seeking skills drip into every aspect of my life. I have interviewed over 150 people across campus departments, received praise from noteworthy professors and researchers, and covered stories on underrepresented populations ranging from undocumented students to minorities in healthcare professions. As a Pakistani Muslim woman, I identify with their experience. I believe it is my responsibility to make sure these voices are heard in news outlets and media coverage.
I have written over 60 articles for the Science, Wellness, News, and Features sections of The Daily, and I focus on capturing the voice of my sources and telling their unique story. To expand my journalism skills, I began working as an editor at The Daily since September 2015, and I am the current Wellness section editor for Fall 2016.
Here are a few of my favorite articles from The Daily:
Supporting prospective women in STEM starts with accessible mentors – Published on Oct. 27, 2016 in the Opinion section
Fostering an inclusive environment is everyone’s job
“A recent UW study explored current gender disparities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, and it concluded that an unwelcoming culture was the main deterrent to women entering these fields.
Lead author Sapna Cheryan, an associate professor in psychology, said that most studies focus on disparities in STEM fields as a whole, but this one focused on the presence of higher representation in some fields versus others. Although women are well-represented in certain STEM fields like biology, chemistry, and math, the disparity becomes more apparent in computer science, engineering, and physics.”
Getting past the blank page – Published on July 5, 2016 in the Wellness section
“Nonfiction writer, Cowlitz Indian tribe member, and UW alumna Elissa Washuta is unabashed about sharing her identity. She owns and shares her experiences with mental health, bipolar disorder, and trauma through writing, and finds it plays a large role in her healing process.”
Husky 100: David Inglish – Published on May 11, 2016 in the News section
“As a former foster youth, David Inglish wasn’t guaranteed to graduate from high school, let alone college. Now, he is beating the odds.”
Undocumented and unafraid – Published on May 3, 2016 in the Features section
“In 2015 UW president Ana Mari Cauce made a public statement in honor of National Institutions Coming Out Day that she wholeheartedly supports undocumented students.”
Living in a global village – Published on April 21, 2016 in the News section
“Everyone has a role to play in both their own health and that of their community. The upcoming Western Regional International Health Conference (WRIHC), hosted by the UW Department of Global Health and the Global Health Resource Center, will encourage attendees to explore health-related issues and patterns that exist both locally and around the globe.”
Processing images in real time – Published on Feb. 24, 2016 in the Science section
“Kai Miller, a UW graduate student alumnus and current neurosurgical resident at Stanford University, has always been fascinated by the human mind. His interest in brain function, coupled with his passion for physics, is applied through his research related to cognition, behavior, and brain adaptability.”
FIUTS around the world – Published on Feb. 11, 2016 in the News section
“It’d be easy to sum up Ornwipa Thamsuwan as a fourth-year graduate student studying industrial engineering at the UW. However, her degree isn’t the only facet of her identity. She is originally from Thailand and has been playing the khim, a Thai instrument similar to a santoor, for over 20 years. ”
I have also been featured on the UW Daily’s podcast “Sound Bite” to discuss some of my stories. In this episode, I discuss my feature on the Commuter and Transfer Commons beginning at 1:23.