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Emily Leayman

Where Are They Now? Spring 2017 Update:
by Anastasia Lehneis '17

Since graduating, Emily Leayman has moved and is currently working in the DC area. She first began as an intern at Americans for Tax Reform, where she researched state budget policies. From there, she received an opportunity to be a local D.C. education reporter at Watchdog.org in May 2016. Recently in March 2017, Emily has moved on to a new position as a local editor for Patch.com in Virginia. In this position she is responsible for a number of local Patch sites and writes breaking news, organizes content on each local site and analyzes what kind of posts readers want to look at. After working on state and national topics in previous jobs, Emily is excited to get back to her roots in local news. Local reporting is where she started at Kutztown, as a student newspaper editor and a Kutztown Patriot reporter.

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Major: Professional Writing
Class of 2015

by Elizabeth Holland '15

Emily LeaymanFor Emily Leayman, Emmaus, Pa., being a journalist has been a dream since high school. Searching for a university that was near home, had reasonable tuition and helped fine-tune her writing skills brought her to Kutztown University. As an English/professional writing major, Leayman has been allowed to read and think critically, as well as communicate both verbally and in writing, and explore various writing skills, from journalism to public relations to creative writing.

Size would also play an important role in determining Leayman's perfect college experience.

"Kutztown has fostered my passion for writing even more by offering me leadership positions that I could not have had at a bigger school," Leayman said.

In small writing classes that allowed personal feedback between students and professors, Leayman was able to put her abilities to work, creating and building a diverse portfolio for the professional world.

As part of students' curriculum in the KU writing program, an internship is required before graduation. The experience affords opportunities to practice skills learned in classes and receive hands-on involvement.

"I love that the program has an internship requirement, since experience is even more important for writers than grades," Leayman said.

Establishing an internship with the National Journalism Center, Leayman is looking forward to being placed in Washington, D.C., where she will be giving political reports at a newspaper.

On the side, Leayman found joy in joining several programs and groups.

"I can't stand not writing," she said, "I am happy to jump right into the crazy world of news."

Starting as an assistant news editor for the Kutztown newspaper, The Keystone, Leayman was fortunate to advance quickly to news editor, and now is the newspaper's editor-in-chief. As the overseer of the newspaper, Leayman makes sure everyone on staff carries out their duties. She frequently contributes to the newspaper herself.

As a member of Lambda Pi Eta, a communications honor society, Leayman is involved in community service and professional development within her minors, public relations and Spanish. As a member of the Honors Program, Leayman continues to foster her leadership skills among her peers and is in the process of finishing her research for her Capstone project.

Though the future is still uncertain for Leayman, she is adamant to see herself one day working as a reporter.

"I thrive being with people who are as crazy for news as I am," she said.

Leayman takes away with her the teachings of Dr. Michael Downing's Journalism Lab and Dr. Amy O'Brien's Writing for Public Relations. Leayman is proud to display the projects she has worked on within the KU writing program to future employers.

"Classes will challenge you, a plethora of campus activities will keep you busy and the many clubs and organizations will offer you new groups of friends and leadership positions for your resume," Leayman said. "KU is a rewarding experience for students that make the best of it."

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