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ABOUT ME

A Passion for Journalism

Iโ€™m a skillful journalist whose work has appeared in several influential and well-read publications. A native of Southern California, Iโ€™m a professional storyteller with the background and experience to cover a variety of newsworthy affairs. With an ability to draw readers in with engaging and captivating narratives, I bring my balanced perspective and unique style to each one of my pieces.ย 
I am a recent graduate of Chapman University, majoring in English and journalism, and minoring in sociology. I first fell in love with the power of journalism after writing a guest response op-ed when a negative review of Beyonceโ€™s โ€œLemonadeโ€ album hit campus. I felt satisfaction hitting a collective nerve, as many people wrote in to thank me for offering a valuable perspective that needed to be shared. As a result of writing that column, I was invited to apply for the position of op-ed editor for my campus paper, The Panther. I won the job, learning so much as a moderator in the marketplace of ideas.ย 
I dedicated my entire college career to student activist work. As a Black queer woman, I have become aware of our power systems of oppression. The Atlantic Media fellowship is an opportunity that would provide valuable experience to share my perspective with an even broader audience. I have worked hard on protests and teach-ins, and as a journalism major, I have released several stories and columns that are centered on marginal identities to be a part of educating my community.
Iโ€™ve chosen journalism as my career because I believe passionately in the value of story-telling as an educational force and a way to bring a much-needed change in the world. Through writing, I can not only tell my own stories but illuminate the stories of others, helping readers to understand and empathize with experiences and points of view other than their own. Now that Iโ€™ve obtained my degree, I hope to work as a reporter focusing on the coverage of activism and social justice efforts.ย 
Most recently, Iโ€™ve had the opportunity to work remotely with Black Connect Inc. and their newly founded nonprofit sector. It is the only national, chapter-based nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the racial wealth gap. I started as an intern and their Social Media and Content Manager, working to produce blogs, polls and other content for their web and app platforms. I now hold the title of Managing Editor and have recruited contributors to write stories in line with their mission. I have also worked with SEO and web design for other publications and have experience creating infographics and other forms of visual content. Publications that have published my work include Kimberly Elise online, Prowl Magazine, The Foothills Sentry newspaper, and Voice of OC nonprofit newsroom. I also have experience with radio. I worked to produce talk journalism for the hip hop audience at KPRW-FM Power 106. I even created my own Chapman radio show, The Dish with Liv and Nish, which had a focus on pop-culture and culinary recipes. As I continue to grow and become more experienced, I find that my love for this field grows stronger while searching for the critical truths of our times and the stories people have to tell.
Thank you for your valued time,
Olivia Harden

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