I'm Sara. I'm a visual journalist based in Missoula, Montana. I'm a senior at the University of Montana School of Journalism. I care a lot about local news, empathetic coverage and redefining the stereotypical idea of a "photojournalist."
I started in journalism at the University of Montana's independent student newspaper, the Montana Kaimin. I spent my first few months learning the ropes as a photographer before moving into the roll of multimedia editor.
My time at the Kaimin taught me the importance of holding institutions accountable to the community they serve. From there, I spent over a year at the Missoulian, first as a photography intern and then as a part-time staffer. I learned a lot from that newsroom, and experienced daily workflow for the first time.
2020 has been a crazy year. I learned a lot of lessons as projects were sidelined, innovation became necessity and our industry took a step back to self reflect. Going forward, I believe it's important to me that we approach visual journalism with caution and selflessness. We need to work within and for our communities, not just on them.