About the Author

Photo by Julia Alpern

Photo by Julia Alpern

Hello. Welcome to my blog.

My name is Kira Maddox, and as of this moment I’m a journalism major, sociology minor at Ithaca College, though I hail from the Utica area. I now work for The Ithacan, Ithaca College’s award-winning, student-run publication. I started off as a copy editor, making myself known for working long, unpaid hours; being particularly meticulous; and sitting on the floor in front of the filing cabinet in the corner. However, I quickly moved up the copy/proof section ranks and now hold the top position on the editorial board as the editor-in-chief.

I’ve also held professional intern positions at the Utica Observer-Dispatch and with the Syracuse Media Group.

Truth be told, I had no idea I wanted to be a journalist until I blindly declared my major and entered my first year of college. But as I started studying the field in-depth and doing hands-on work, I realized something about myself:

I really like to cause a ruckus.

My mom calls me a trouble maker because I hold people to their word and care about issues she seems as futile. Structural oppression and the power of the vote are just two of the many areas she thinks can’t be changed. But I don’t believe that.

I fell in love with the higher-calling ideal that journalism has to offer — the idea of being a watchdog to the watchdogs and keeping people in line for the good of the public.

This blog began as a feature of the Social Media Journalism course I enrolled in during my sophomore year of college, and at the time it focused on my then-beat of cops and courts. However, I have since fallen away from that area of expertise. Moving forward, you can expect to see an array of different things. I wish I could tell you more specifics, but at this point in time I’m not quite sure where my journalistic focus is.

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