During my undergraduate degree I wrote for the school newspaper. My first series of feature articles was modeled after Janet’s Flanner’s Letters From Paris; I studied abroad in Tokyo, and I wrote Letters from Tokyo; a bi-weekly feature article about my time in Japan for The Navigator, the school newspaper. Letters from Tokyo inspired a third year writing project for The Navigator I titled The Mosquito Militia. This was another travel feature. I organized a group of avid moped drivers in order to explore Vancouver Island on a single moped’s tank of gas. I would write about our trips for the school newspaper.
Writing for The Navigator was great. I learned about the print media process, I improved my written communication skills in a creative way, and it was great to get paid to write too! To bring these bi-weekly feature articles to fruition I worked as a writer, researching and writing to deadline while working with other creative professionals to get the specific issue to print.
I tried to fuse my articles for the newspaper with other projects I had already started, i.e: Justice For Frogs. Here you can see the headline that matches my web project under the same name.
It’s nice to have these issues in my portfolio, I am a published writer. But because I was writing from Japan and no back issues are kept, I am unable to obtain copies of Letter from Tokyo – this is unfortunate because I was really proud of doing media in Japan.