Brooke Mangum



I was born and raised in Salt Lake City. One would think that after spending 22 years of my life here, I would have a thorough knowledge of the community. This west-side beat opened my eyes to an area of Salt Lake City that I have never had an opportunity to discover. I learned that Salt Lake City is much more diverse than I originally thought, but also I learned that although we may come from different backgrounds a common ground can always be found. Covering this beat gave me a new perspective on the city that I call home, as well as newfound friends within my community.

The largest obstacle that I had to overcome was that of objectivity. I found it very difficult to remain objective while writing my stories. I wanted to root for the nonprofits that I was covering, and celebrate what they are doing for the community. Covering this beat gave me a new appreciation for individuals who work for and run nonprofits. Nonprofits are such an important part of the community. The individuals who operate them do so with little personal gain, but if you ask them they believe they are the luckiest people in the world. The people in my beat inspired me, and made me want to be a better person. They give so selflessly of themselves for their community. I just hope that in some small way my writings illustrated the wonderful things that these people are doing.


I remember watching the news as a little girl and thinking, “I want to do that”, and here I am years later still chasing that dream. I am currently a senior at the University of Utah studying Mass Communications and journalism. I hope to one day be a news correspondent broadcasting on a news station or TV network. Preferably in the sports or entertainment department, but beggars can’t be choosers.

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