Ashley Sutherland is a freshman studying at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University (ASU) and Barrett, The Honors College. Sutherland is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication and minoring in Spanish.
On top of being a full-time student at ASU, Sutherland is also an opinion columnist for The State Press, ASU’s online newspaper publication. Her columns focus on different issues in education ranging from gender inequality in higher education to learning a second language.
Sutherland began her journalism career at Sedona Red Rock High School in Sedona, AZ. by participating in yearbook all four years of high school. She held the position of Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Quintessence yearbook her junior year and sole Editor-in-Chief her senior year. Sutherland was also president of the Journalism Club her junior and senior years.
The summer before her senior year, Sutherland was selected for an internship at her local area newspapers, the Sedona Red Rock News, the Camp Verde Journal and the Cottonwood Journal Extra. Through this internship Sutherland learned the process of newspaper production and was introduced to the exciting world of journalism. Her tasks included interviewing local officials and entertainers, producing stories and photographing a variety of community events.
To date, Sutherland has earned five Gold Keys from Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists, 11 individual awards from the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association and a third place Gold Circle Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). Sutherland also passed the Arizona Journalism Standards test and received a Transcript of Arizona Skill Standards.
Through her leadership role of Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Quintessence yearbook, Sutherland helped her staff win second place in the state of Arizona and a Gold Certificate of Merit from CSPA. As her role of sole Editor-in-Chief, the Quintessence yearbook placed third in the state of Arizona and was also awarded a Gold Certificate of Merit by CSPA.
Sutherland plans on making a difference in the world by informing and educating others through the news. She also wants to pursue the print journalism track the Cronkite School offers and learn multimedia skills so she can perform journalism across many different platforms.
To mix her loves of traveling and exploring with journalism, Sutherland aspires to be an international journalist for a U.S. news organization. She also wants to specialize in investigative journalism in her future and write investigative pieces abroad for the betterment of people living in developing countries and war zones.
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