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Story and photo by Kiah Haslett, NewsNetNebraska

Jenna Gibson’s interest in journalism began as a diversion from her would-be illustrious career in science fiction writing.

She went to a summer creative-writing camp two years in a row. During her third year, she tried something different: journalism. She interviewed other campers, wrote down what they said and produced a stack of stapled papers at the end: her first newspaper.

Gibson is now the editor-in-chief of the Daily Nebraskan, the student newspaper of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a senior, majoring in news-editorial, French and international relations. She spent the summer interning at the Rochester Post-Bulletin in Rochester, Minn.

Gibson speaks French and a little Japanese. She is learning how to tutor English to non-native speakers. She’s visited France, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Zambia, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso.

She wants to go to graduate school, she wants to win a Fulbright, she wants to teach English in Korea or Japan and she wants to be a foreign correspondent in French-speaking Africa.

“I want to see as much as I can, talk to as many people as I can and know as much as I can,” she said. “It’s just the way I am.”

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