Photo of AmandaMy name is Amanda Casey and I am a senior at Whittier College. As a member of the Whittier Scholars Program, I have created a self-designed major titled, Gender & Journalism. My major draws from multiple disciplines to study journalistic representation of labor and gender in the contemporary United States.

In order to expand my understanding as a journalist, I created a major that would analyze how and why a wide range of disciplinary fields have impacted the world of journalism and gender construction. Although journalism and gender may seem starkly different, gender issues are still prevalent in society and are often exposed thanks to journalists. While in college, I found a passion for exposing and remedying gender inequality which I plan to continue to report on as a journalist. By immersing myself in this curriculum, I have been able to get a taste of different perspectives that have expanded my knowledge and approach to journalistic pieces in order to provide, as Carl Bernstein coined, “the best obtainable version of the truth” in my stories and reporting.

I truly believe journalists are essential in a functional society and are the driving force in a positive path to social change. By writing on issues that hold resonance to people, I want to continue to inform others of what is happening in the world.

I also am a huge advocate for creative expression. In addition to my writing, I create art pieces and mentor young artists. I have been creating artwork since I was toddler and have always considered art to be a therapeutic hobby. It is simply amazing to get lost in a creation of your own making. I use mediums that range from acrylic, watercolor, pastel, ink, clay, charcoal, pencil, chalk, and even magazine clippings. I am a very visual and auditory type of person which journalism and art allow me to fully embrace.