Behind the Pen and Lens

 
 
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Elayne Smith Lowe

Writer. photographer. traveler.

 
 

I am a poly-lingual writer, photographer and avid traveler. I graduated from the University of Alabama in May 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications and Information Sciences. I aspire to become an international journalist focusing on social justice issues. My focus is in multimedia storytelling techniques and I want to work on ways to make interactive reporting projects.

My experience includes interning wherever I could in college then taking my skills to Santa Fe, New Mexico to work as a digital enterprise reporter for The Santa Fe New Mexican. Through it all, I have explored a passion for journalism and strengthened my love of writing while gaining multimedia skills by working with different media, including newspapers, magazines, radio and TV.

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

My blog covers the times I travel the world, the times I have a chance to reflect and the times my articles have a second layer I wish to share.

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

 
 
 

Background

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

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

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

Like many drawn to journalism, I want to give a voice to the voiceless on a global scale. I have learned various multimedia skills to advance my dream as well as partaken in international magazine opportunities. No matter where I end up, I bring enthusiasm and seasoned skills for navigating unfamiliar territory.