picture_aboutHi! I’m Julia Shumway, and I’m a digital journalist.

I’ve been able to work with several publications, including the Pulitzer-Prize-winning local paper The East Valley Tribune, the public policy wire Cronkite News Service, the Arizona Republic and Arizona State University’s student newspaper, The State Press.

As a reporter at these publications, I’ve covered local and state politicians, as well as more nationally recognizable figures like President Barack Obama and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Tucson. I’ve followed a wildfire in the mountains near Flagstaff and spent the night with a cat lady who feeds dozens of felines each night in Tempe. I’ve sat in on countless meetings of the Arizona Legislature and pored over hundreds of documents and old articles to provide context for stories.

But my heart belongs in a dingy basement newsroom here at ASU where I’ve spent the bulk of the last three years. For the last year and a half, I’ve been an editor at The State Press, overseeing a staff of 20 reporters as a news editor and more than 100 as managing editor. During this time, I helped lead the 120-year-old daily newspaper as it transitioned to becoming a bold, risk-taking, digital-first publication, spending innumerable hours in the newsroom working on developing our website and social media strategies.

As much as I’ve gained from these previous experiences, I’m always eager to learn more, whether from classes or from new working environments. If you like what you see here, or even if you don’t, please shoot me an email, a Tweet or a carrier pigeon so we can get in touch.

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