Blog 2 Heaven Jobe

ATHENS, GA – Redirecting from Creative Writing to Journalism as a First generation college student.

“My senior year of high school, it was their first year having a creative writing class,” said Heaven Jobe, Assistant of the University of Georgia’s Journalism Camp, addressing high school journalist prospects. “I really just liked being able to be free and have no rules, and write whatever I wanted to.”

Held on June 14 at the Grady College School of Communication in Athens, Ga., Jobe, opened up a discussion for the students to ask her anything ranging from how she began her studies in journalism to how she is continuing to evolve in her courses. She and Camp Director, Dr. Joe Dennis has taken the responsibility to teach the future generation of aspiring journalists. Students checked into their dorms on Sunday afternoon to move-in and began instruction the following day. 

Jobe explained that she earned her bachelor’s degree at Eastern Michigan University with a major in Literature and Theater Arts and a minor in Communication. That was her original career path but she decided to move to journalism when she decided to take her fathers health into consideration. 

“With my dad being older, compared to most of my friends, like he’s older than their friends, it was important for me to kinda learn more about African Americans in health.”

Jobe was open and candid with the students as to why she found journalism as a better opportunity to stay in school and find what she is truly passionate about. She talked about her passion for health with athletes and minorities. The 1st year grad says “The opportunity was brought to me and I took the opportunity because it’s something that applies to everyone.” She is a big advocate for mental health and focuses her stories about the struggles people go through. One of the most important things she likes to talk about in her stories is Hepatitis. She is adamant on informing her audience about what it is, the risks, and the people that live with it now.  

“Don’t be afraid to get told that you’re doing something wrong.”


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