Journalism will kill you, but it will keep you alive while you’re at it – Horace Greeley
My name is Maycee Dukes. I’m a third-year Journalism major at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. I’m also pursuing a minor in Women’s Studies and two certificates, one in interdisciplinary writing and the other in new media.
I have been published in The Red & Black, The Newnan-Times Herald, infUSion Magazine, and The Odyssey Online, among others. I currently work as a Lead Editor for New York Minute Magazine. I’ve also launched my own online publication, Youngov, focused on making politics more accessible to a millennial audience.
I like blogging, going to concerts, and endlessly watching makeup tutorials (even though my makeup usage is minimal). My heroes are Joan Jett, Nicki Minaj, and John Lydon – let’s ignore what that may or may not say about me.
In my experience in journalism so far, ethical writing and sourcing have been the most important to me, especially in terms of smaller publications where subjects are often known personally by readership. It’s something I’ve found I hyper-focus on and triple-check when revising my articles; checking my sources and my “big bag of bias,” as one of my professors would say. However, at the end of the day, journalism has a responsibility to the truth and the betterment of the people, obviously within certain boundaries, and I recognize that they are oftentimes hard to draw. All I know is that as long as I can lay my head down at night and be satisfied with what I’ve done, then I’ve got to be doing something right. I’m not trying to go out and change the world, but I believe journalism will rapidly change my world, and I’m so excited to see what it may become.