My name is JaKayla Phillips, and I am a recent graduate of UW-Milwaukee where I received my Bachelor’s of Arts degree with a focus in Journalism. My journey as a writer started at the age of about 10. I began writing poetry, short stories and plays. At the age of 14, I created my own blog titled “Life’sz No Fairytale” where I posted motivational articles geared towards young girls. In addition, I created a poetry site including all my original poems where I talked about different topics relating to life and love. However, it wasn’t until after the murder of my brother, George Phillips, in 2013, that my passion for writing grew. It allowed me to write all the things I couldn’t express verbally. That is when I knew my career must consist of writing.
While enrolled at UW-Milwaukee, over the span of two semesters, I received A’s in both English 101 and 102 where I acquired basic grammatical skills as well as effective long-form writing skills. I then mastered and excelled in journalistic reporting and writing training in upper-level journalism courses. My work has been published on Media Milwaukee, the award-winning news site at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Thus far, I have covered local stories about events such as Open Mic and Doors Open Milwaukee. I’ve written opinion pieces and covered local stories on protestors, fighting for racial equality.
One of my stories, featuring a guy who was seen standing on the American flag, has received 42 shares on Facebook thus far.
In addition, I created an audio story of a conversation between my niece and myself talking about the death of her father, who is my brother. The audio story has received two awards, including Press Club and Honorable Mention by the Society of Professional Journalists, and was shared over 1,000 times on Facebook.
During my years at UWM, I’ve learned business communication and management skills, developed my skills as a print, feature and broadcast journalist and handled the stress of deadline writing. To conclude, I am very experienced and skilled in Adobe Audition and Photoshop, Soundslides and IMovie.