Asbury Journalism Grad Ready for Impact

Asbury University alumna Lauren Shepard ’17, who earned a prestigious Associated Press Broadcasters award, is eager to make a difference in her field.
Lauren Shepard '17 recently placed in the Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters competition.

WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University’s School of Communication Arts can provide the launching pad you need to make an impact in the world of media. Just ask Lauren Shepard ’17, a recent Journalism graduate who placed in a statewide broadcast competition and is already pursuing her dream of working in television news. 

In May, Shepard won a second place award in the Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters competition for her news package, “Distracted Driving,” which she produced for a campus news show at Asbury. The competition considered 531 entries from 25 broadcast organizations and five Kentucky colleges.

Before graduation, Shepard had already begun working as a video editor at a local ABC affiliate, where she had previously completed an internship. From start to finish, Shepard’s Asbury experience gave her the tools she needed to thrive in journalism.

With a solid grounding in print, digital and broadcast media, Asbury’s Journalism program covers all the skills and technology students need to know in order to succeed in a rapidly changing field. Students learn from experienced professors, take advantage of media opportunities — like reporting from the Olympics — and enjoy the program’s tight-knit community. 

The Journalism program is part of Asbury's School of Communication Arts, also offering programs in Media Communication, Communication, Theatre & Cinema Performance and Worship Arts.

“The Journalism program at Asbury is incredible,” Shepard said. “Dr. Doug Walker’s Broadcast News class is the closest thing I’ve experienced to real-world journalism. Everything that goes into a producing a news show is in that class. Now, working in a station, I haven’t seen anything that I didn’t learn at Asbury.” 

Shepard has known she wanted to work in news since the second grade, after meeting a local news anchor. She sees news media as an opportunity to serve her community, doing her best to provide trustworthy and reliable information, even as public trust in media diminishes.

“By reporting the facts, and not adding any of your own biases in any way, you can really help rebuild trust,” Shepard said.

Placing in the prestigious Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters competition in May was a surreal experience, Shepard says, further strengthening her confidence in the skills she has to offer. 

“It was just incredible to know that I got recognized among those people — that my work was of a high enough quality to be recognized,” Shepard said.

Shepard may be humble about her accomplishments, by Dr. Jim Owens, dean of Asbury’s School of Communication Arts, says the recognition comes as no surprise. 

“We are delighted that Lauren has won a Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters award,” Owens said. “The award is a reflection of Lauren’s hard work and commitment to quality in journalism, as well as another confirmation of the outstanding education students receive in Asbury’s School of Communication Arts.” 

 

To learn more about Asbury’s Journalism program, visit: asbury.edu/Journalism.

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