The Class of 2019: Daria Jones

Name: Daria Jones
Major: News and Media Studies
Hometown: Visalia, California

Why did you choose to major in journalism?
I decided to major in journalism because I always had a passion for creating. I loved to write stories growing up, so journalism seemed like the logical major for me. After spending a little while in the department, I realized that news and media studies, another major in the journalism department, allowed me to express my creativity in a way that I loved even more. In that major I could take a variety of classes that allowed me to pursue my love of graphic design, social media, content creation and writing.  

What do you plan to do with the skills you have learned?
I hope to work as an art director and eventually a creative director at an advertising agency. Through my experiences at Texas Christian University, I learned how to be a leader, how to be true to myself and how to work with others to achieve both their goals and mine. TCU gave me the confidence and abilities I needed to be a successful leader in the work environment  

What internships or extracurriculars did you participate in?
I worked as a graphic design assistant at TCU, where I designed media for the university that could be seen campus-wide. I was part of the Entrepreneurship Club and spent much of my free time designing content for graphic competitions to help boost my resume. I also loved to do yoga! 

What was your favorite class?
One of my favorite classes was Digital Storytelling. In the class we explored and had hands-on experience with different types of platforms and ways of creating content and telling a story. We learned techniques in coding, website design and photojournalism. 

What is one important lesson you learned?
The most important lesson I learned throughout my time as a news and media studies major was that you can make any situation what you want it to be. This is a major that you can really make work for you, your passions and your skill set if you take the time to figure out the path you want to take and how you’re going to get there. This lesson is applicable to virtually any road you might need to take in life. I’m lucky that I was able to learn this in the Bob Schieffer College of Communication.