Writer. Photographer. Traveler.

Behind the Pen and Lens

 
 
 
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Elayne Smith is a poly-lingual writer, photographer and avid traveler.She graduated from the University of Alabama in May 2017 with a Bacherlor’s of Arts in Communications and Information Sciences. She aspires to become an international journalist focusing on social justice issues. Her focus is in multimedia storytelling techniques and she wants to work on ways to make interactive reporting projects.

Her experience includes working for eight different publications including newspapers, magazines, radio and TV. Through it all she has explored her passion for journalism and strengthened her love of writing while gaining multimedia skills.

Her dream is to travel overseas and give people a voice. She wants to use her passion for story telling to raise awareness to social justice issues. She knew she wanted to make a difference, but felt lost as she could not be a doctor because she cannot stand the blood, and she could not be an engineer because she could not stand the math. Her desire to write and evoke change collided in journalism. She believes in the power of the press as a watch dog and the potential journalism has to ignite change, which is why she is entering a field many have labeled as dying.

Her recent projects include a photo show at the University of Alabama, studying abroad at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, and traveling to New Zealand as a writer and photographer for an international magazine.

Her blog covers the times she travels the world, the times she has a chance to reflect and the times her articles have a second layer she wishes to share.

Her areas of interest include multimedia storytelling techniques, middle eastern culture, American foreign policy, women’s health issues, and feature-writing.

 
 
 

Background

Before Elayne could write, she drew squiggles with scented highlighters knowing this was just the beginning of her writing career. While the 6-year-old assumed she would devote her life to creating stories and books, Elayne never anticipated becoming a journalist. Her passion for pen and paper grew from short stories and poetry she scribbled. However, once college and its impending decisions for the future loomed in front of her, she found a new passion for writing in social justice journalism and human interest features. While she had once thought newspapers were only powerful as arts and crafts tablecloths, her words are now in newsprint.

After living in France for four years from when she was 7 to 11 years old, Elayne became fluent in French and fell in love with travel and cultural exploration. From her experience going to a local French school and grasping the definition of foreign from immersion, she developed an interest in global affairs and multicultural understandings. Since then, she has continued to explore the world and hear people's stories. 

Through everything, from battling culture shock to jumping into journalism before understanding the basics, Elayne has brought an unyielding motivation to succeed, determination to grow, and desire to keep igniting her passion for writing and the world's wonders.

Like many drawn to journalism, Elayne wants to give a voice to the voiceless on a global scale. She has learned various multimedia skills to advance her dream as well as partaken in international magazine opportunities. No matter where she ends up, she manages to bring enthusiasm and seasoned skills for navigating unfamiliar territory.