Hannah Carlson



When I first heard of our semester’s beat, I was very excited. With the recent events of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and the growing Black Lives Matter Movement, I felt that this beat was very timely and applicable to today’s racial climate.

Since the deaths of Taylor and Floyd, I have found myself striving to become better aware of social justice issues through education and avocation. I thought I knew a lot before this semester, however, I learned so much more through my beat reporting.

I took two topics that are important to me, hair and skiing. Before this semester, I was rarely able to draw connections between my own interests and the social justice movement. Before this semester, I was never on the slopes thinking about the harsh racial disparity that exists there. I’m happy to be thinking of these things now throughout all of my day-to-day activities.

I also cherished beat reporting because it took one topic and I became especially conversant with it. I believe that it also made it easier to brainstorm story ideas since I already had a broad topic at hand. It led me to look for story ideas everywhere and ultimately, seek out any aspect of the Black community here in Utah. Before, I think I would have avoided the beat. I would have felt like I wouldn’t be able to do it justice enough. Or, that I may be too naive to report on such an important issue.


Hannah Carlson (she/her) is a recent graduate from the University of Utah.

Carlson began her studies at the University of Utah in 2017 as a business marketing major, later switching her degree to strategic communication. The switch began after Carlson stumbled upon her newfound interest in writing after taking a media writing course.

Other than writing, Carlson loves to ski, hot tub, spend time with the people she loves, and spoil her dog, Annie.

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