Meet Maddy, Social Media Editor from Austin, TX!

What do you see as some key roles for social media in today’s world?

Media protects the public’s best interest and creates public awareness.  I believe an educated society is an informed society, and media is a main mode of communication. Media truly is the fourth pillar of democracy.  It keeps the other three branches in check. Social media is no different.  In fact, it is one of the most direct means of delivering information because of its global accessibility and mobile viewing.  It provides information in real time and has encouraged youth participation in politics.

Any parts of the Conference you’re especially excited to cover?

I am excited to cover the governorship race.  This year media officers will be writing profiles on the candidates.  I really enjoy feature writing and portraiture so I am looking forward to that.  I also enjoy editing, so as a media editor I look forward to looking over everyone’s posts even though I will miss being on the Capitol and Courthouse grounds covering in real time.

What are your goals for the social media section this year?

I hope to brief media delegates with mini lessons on some journalistic standards so our postings across platforms seem like they are from the same source. I want each writer to have their own voice, of course, but it is also important to have continuity so the way our information is presented is professional.

What are your post-graduation plans?

After high school I plan on studying environmental engineering and sustainability. I am very interested in water conservation and waste management. I also want to continue photography as a hobby. The schools I am interested in range from six miles from my house to 1,870 miles away. I’m a bit of a scatter plot but the whole process is very exhilarating.

Thanks Maddy!  You definitely convinced us of the power of social media.  We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our 2017-2018 officer profiles!