Erin Starkebaum: Journalist from the Farm

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Story and photo by Cole Miller, NewsNetNebraska

Growing up in the small town of Haxtun, Colorado, Erin Starkebaum spent many evenings photographing sunsets on the wide-open plains of the farm where she grew up.

“I got my first point-and-shoot camera for Christmas freshman year and never went a day without taking a picture of my friends or farm animals the next four years of high school,” Erin says of her early photography career.

Her aunt was quick to notice her interest in photography and suggested she pair it with journalism in college. After a chilly visit to the journalism college at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she knew it was meant to be.

“UNL has a great journalism program,” Erin says, “and I’ve somehow always known I wanted to be here.”

Now a junior news-editorial student, Erin’s photography is only a small part of her journalism career. She also produces video news stories and writes in-depth articles for class.

In the summer of 2010, Erin interned at The Columbian newspaper in Vancouver, Washington.  “A typical day consisted of 3 to 4 assignments, so it was pretty busy,” Erin says of the internship.

“It was the best summer of my life, but it made me realize I’d like to look beyond just photography for my career,” Erin says.

After returning to campus the following fall, she expanded her interests to public relations and advertising.

“I want to make myself as well-rounded as possible,” Erin says. ” I don’t ever want to limit myself.”

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