Q&A: Hannah Davis, senior journalism major at Kent State University

The Land recently talked with Hannah Davis, a senior journalism major at Kent State University and an intern with The Land and The NewsLab at KSU, about her background, what she hopes to learn by writing for The Land, and her obsession with Tik Tok.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: where you’re from, where you’re attending school, and your major and interests.

I am from all over. My dad works in sales so we’ve moved around a lot. I currently reside in Augusta, Georgia, which is on the border of Georgia and South Carolina. 

I made the decision to go to Kent State because it was relatively close to home at the time, which was Columbus. 

I used to work on the school newspaper in high school. I liked the idea of making a change in the community, and journalism seemed like the best way to do that. I’ve always liked writing, so it seemed like a cool fit. 

What have you learned from studying journalism at Kent State and being part of NewsLab?

I just got started with the NewsLab program. I wrote for Kent Wired and Uhuru my sophomore year. It ended abruptly because I had to go home during the pandemic. 

The professors at Kent State are super hands on, they’re willing to help you if you have issues, and they’re willing to teach. The journalism program is great. 

I’ve learned how to effectively interview someone and report. I’ve also learned other types of writing, like features and opinion pieces, and how to work collaboratively with a team.

What are some of the favorite stories you’ve gotten to work on so far as a student at KSU?

On the art beat, I interviewed a professor, Janice Lessman-Moss, who recently won the Cleveland Arts Prize Lifetime Achievement Award. I really liked seeing her work, what she did, and learning her story.

I wrote a feature for my feature writing class about a muralist in August. He painted a James Brown mural. I liked learning about his experiences as a muralist and working with the Brown family. 

This spring, you’ll be doing some environmental reporting for The Land. What do you hope to learn from this experience?

I hope to learn more about the environment and more about Cleveland itself. I lived there briefly, but I never got the chance to really go out and learn more about the community. Also, just polishing my reporting and writing skills. 

In the story I recently wrote about Cleveland becoming LEED Silver, I learned more about the LEED initiative. I’ve always seen LEED certifications on buildings but I never really looked into it. It was fun doing that research. 

What do you like to do in your free time, outside of studying and writing for The Land, of course?

I’m obsessed with Tik Tok right now. I love taking walks and spending time with my family and friends. I love binge watching TV and Netflix.

What are your aspirations after you graduate?

I really just want to take a break right now, because I’m beyond burned out. After my break, I want to pursue journalism. I love entertainment and pop culture. I think it would be cool to work in beauty and fashion. I’m also interested in reporting on local communities.

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