Please vote AGAINST current education reform in Arkansas

As I write this note from my office at the University of Texas at Dallas, I struggle to find where to begin, because the core of my being lies within the world of journalism.

I began writing for the school newspaper in 8th grade. Once I reached high school, I was thrilled to start taking journalism classes. From learning basic writing, editing and photography skills, to designing full spreads in the yearbook and overseeing a staff of 20+ students, my journalism education and experience at Southside High School in Fort Smith, AR, propelled me into my future. My senior year I was editor of the yearbook and really took my future in journalism seriously. The education I received from Southside, and the continued mentorship I have from Susan Colyer, the current journalism advisor, is unparalleled to any other experiences in my life thus far.

Because of my outstanding education in journalism in an Arkansas high school, I went on to work at the University Daily Kansan all four years of my undergraduate career at the University of Kansas. Starting out as an unpaid staff writer, I worked my way up the responsibility chain through various editorial roles and became the Digital Managing Editor by my senior year.

This would not have been possible without my journalism classes in high school.

Because of my experience at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas, I have landed jobs at two different digital agencies and now currently hold the title of Social Media Specialist for the Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas.

This would not have been possible without my journalism experience at the University level, which solely stemmed from my education at Southside High School in Fort Smith, AR.

If this proposed education reform were to pass, it would be beyond hurtful to not only the current journalism classrooms, but also to future students who may never think to explore a career in journalism if they aren’t exposed in high school.

The future of digital journalism and education of such is my deepest passion, and I would be more than happy to discuss this more in depth. PLEASE vote AGAINST this education reform.

Hannah Barling

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I'm Hannah, a 28-year-old Dallasite who loves all things dogs, travel, music, health & wellness, creative content and so much more. Recently took back control of my life and I've never felt better! Healed myself from the inside out and sharing just how I've done so with you.

2 thoughts on “Please vote AGAINST current education reform in Arkansas

  1. What education reforms are you against ? Are these reforms on a ballot that is up for a vote in the upcoming election ?


    1. It was a proposed bill that was going through senate that week…not formerly on a ballot yet. But, unfortunately the senators voted to remove journalism from the required offerings for high schools in Arkansas. They aren’t removing journalism from the schools by any means, but they aren’t requiring it be offered as an elective anymore. Because of this, smaller schools with tighter funding will be forced to cancel their media programs. 😦


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