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The Drag helps Ana Goodwin hold on to the humanity of stories

Ana Goodwin was drawn to the empathetic way The Drag told stories rooted in journalistic integrity. She never wanted to lose the humanity in her storytelling. Goodwin, a rising journalism senior at the University of Texas at Austin, always listened to podcasts during her commute to work or while she was doing housework. When the…

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Hannah Ortega’s journey to write an original children’s story at The Drag

Hannah Ortega always had her sights set on becoming a writer, even before she knew what opportunities awaited her with journalism. The two of us bonded over both dressing up as writers at our respective career days in grade school. The costumes were clear-cut for kids who aspired to become professional athletes, doctors, or astronauts….

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Cecilia Garzella can see a future in audio

Journalism junior Cecilia Garzella became interested in audio storytelling in middle school, but she didn’t listen to a typical science, news, or pop culture podcast. Instead, her first podcast explored a murder case that she now acknowledges was above her paygrade.  “My cousins told me to listen to Serial,” Garzella said. “As a middle schooler,…

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From children’s book borrower to children’s story writer

As a child growing up in Plano, Texas, Jennifer Xia spent her weekends consuming library books. “I would check out, like, 15 at a time,” Xia said.  Xia, a rising senior in the School of Journalism and Media, said she never expected she would write a children’s story of her own one day.  “I think…

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The Drag gives Laurie Grobe a newfound love for journalism

No one loves Lady Bird Johnson more than Laurie Grobe does.  “She is, without a doubt, one of the most incredible people to have ever walked the Earth,” Grobe said. “Oh, my God, I feel like I can spend the rest of my life learning about Lady Bird and things that she did and her…

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Making a difference through audio journalism

Less than a year ago, Adobe Audition, the audio editing software, stressed Kadija Baldé out.  “I just could not figure out Adobe,” said Baldé, a junior journalism, French, and international relations major at the University of Texas. “But once you get through the hard part of learning it … it’s actually really fun.” Now, Baldé…

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Intern Maya Fawaz finds community in journalism, The Drag

Maya Fawaz, a former international relations and global studies major, found a sense of community as a journalism major and now, as an audio intern for The Drag. Long before coming to the University of Texas, Fawaz had career aspirations in international documentary filmmaking. As an incoming freshman, this goal led her to declare IRG…

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From watching broadcast to recording podcasts

Intern Mikayla Mondragon took her family tradition and made it her career path Mikayla Mondragon would come home from long school days to sit with her family and watch the evening news. “My parents always had it on because they’re news freaks,” she said. The daily tradition introduced her to journalism, Mikayla’s future major at…

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