Jasmine Putney

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Jasmine Putney

SJMC Ambassador Spotlight

It was a handwritten letter, a great anomaly in this age of texts and tweets, from the staff in the academic advising center that gave Jasmine Putney (B.A. journalism and mass communication, cinema ’18) her first real impression of the University of Iowa, at the age of only thirteen.

Her parents, natives of Bellevue, Nebraska, had reached out to various schools in the region for some time, asking for information about student programs and opportunities that might be a good fit for their daughter.

“That letter immediately set me off on a good tone, just to know that Iowa really does care about its students, whether current or future, and they want you to succeed. It’s absolutely been a positive experience right from the beginning.”

And just as her parents had hoped, Jasmine has found a variety of opportunities to pursue her passion since coming to campus as a student in the fall of 2014.

This has included working as a member of the Daily Iowan Arts staff for the 80 Hours division, as a member of the DITV technical staff, as a videographer for the Office of Strategic Communication, and a counselor for the College Transition Workshop, specifically in the Media Uses and Effects course.

Among her most recent accomplishments is a fellowship with News 21, a student reporting project based in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. Part- class research and part-exploratory groundwork, this project will soon take her all across the nation, working with other graduates to report on the impact of racial crimes in various neighborhoods.

When asked what advice she might offer to other students in Iowa’s journalism program, Jasmine says, “Take every opportunity to start developing your craft as a journalist. Some things are totally terrifying. ‘Man on the Street,’ is still my least favorite thing to do. But eventually, you build enough confidence to conquer that fear of talking to people, and it’s then you know you’ve really made it.”

If something within Jasmine’s story has resonated with you, feel free to contact her with any questions at jasmine-putney@uiowa.edu.