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Name Rebecca Burton
Title Freelance Reporter/Grad Student
Organization Miami Herald/ University of Florida
Dept/Publication Special Health Section
Gainesville, FL 32607 USA
Phone 850-316-1555
Phone Type Cell
Twitter Account @ltmedia
Freelance Website
Sample of Work
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About Me I am Rebecca Burton, a 22-year-old journalist who has a passion for science reporting. My goal is to articulate newsworthy scientific data to the mass media. I want to ensure there is no misinterpretation of facts to the public and policymakers. My goal of becoming a science and health reporter began when I started taking introductory environmental classes during my undergraduate career. Hearing the numbers and what they meant, I wondered why some information wasn’t on the front page of the paper. I decided to get my minor in marine biology, where I focused on the conservation of marine life. For my media management class senior year, I had to come up with a business proposal of a media company. I came up with a mock company, Layman’s Terms Media. In my company, I would collaborate with research universities and find news stories in their peer-reviewed journals. I still wish to make this a dream one day, or at least be able to be a science beat reporter for a newspaper or magazine. I’ve already purchased the domain name and am currently blogging about my journey to get there. I have been a freelance reporter or intern at several publications, trying to make ends meet and save up for graduate school. I will be attending the University of Florida this Fall to pursue my master’s in science/health communications. I will be sharing the stories I write, the videos I shoot and and the odd jobs I do to make it there.