Emma Johnson



For as long as I can remember I’ve always had a special connection to the news. I grew up in a home where local and national happenings were a common topic of conversation. In the sixth grade, I participated in a program called “Biztown,” created for students to help familiarize themselves with the professional workforce. In preparation, we had to fill out a questionnaire explaining what we liked doing, our strengths, weaknesses, etc.


At the age of 12, most of my friends wanted to be professional dancers, accountants like their fathers or interior designers, all I wanted to do was talk about the news. I finally made the connection that I could make news my career and I’ve been working at it ever since.

My mother always said, “If you have a job you love you never work a day in your life.” I love being a journalist. It’s something I am passionate about and something that challenges me every day.

But, when Professor Mangun first announced that Latinx and Hispanic culture and community would be the Voices of Utah beat, I was intimidated. However, the beat made me reach outside my comfort zone and look beyond my scope of knowledge and report something I knew nothing about.

Through the beat reporting, I learned a lot about myself as a journalist. My expectations changed as I learned I could report on anything if I genuinely dedicated myself to my topic. I am happy with the content I have produced and want to remember that pushing myself to explore hard topics will help me become better versed.


University of Utah Communications and Journalism student graduating in May. Working as an assignment desk editor and web producer at ABC4 News Utah. Lover of news writing and dedicated news junkie. After graduation, I plan on staying at ABC4 and working towards my goal of becoming a multi media journalist.

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