Often times, Samantha Miller ’09 will read news articles and wonder, “Where did the journalist get these facts? Are these statistics being properly interpreted?” Her inquisitiveness is leading her to pursue a master’s degree in journalism at Medill at Northwestern University, Chicago, this fall.
“My liberal arts education has provided me with the tools needed to creatively and accurately report on various topics. I look forward to reporting on cultural phenomena,” she says.
Miller majored in sociology and media and society and minored in political science. She sees a career in journalism as the best way to use the skills and knowledge she’s acquired across the three disciplines, and throughout her liberal arts education.
“As a student of sociology, I have come to realize that a researcher can never be entirely subjective,” she explains. “And, as a student who examined the relationship between politics and the media, I know that journalists are faced with a similar dilemma. Every journalist has a particular lens through which they view the world, but what I would like more than anything is to broaden that lens even further.”
Miller completed an Honors project with H. Wesley Perkins, professor of sociology, on the topic of “Alcohol Use, Sexual Decision-Making, and Perceived Stigma Among College Women.” She will be collaborating with Perkins over the summer as she prepares her Honors paper for academic journal submissions.
She edited for the Herald during the fall of her senior year and worked at the Center for Teaching and Learning all four years. She was inducted into Lambda Pi Eta (the communication studies honor society) in her senior year, and was a recipient of the Irving Louis Horowitz Prize in Sociology as a junior.