My interest in writing began in elementary school when I, along with most other second-graders, fell in love with the poetry of Shel Silverstein. I endeavored to write my own book of poetry, luckily none of this will ever be published.

By fifth-grade I had tapped into an instinctual love for publishing, although I didn't know it at the time. Given the option to use some creativity in presenting our book reports, I retold Judy Blume's "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" as newsprint fodder. I tirelessly planned the layout and created news stories highlighting events in the book; crafted catchy headlines and drew stick figure drawings — it was a labor of love making that book report which is why it's one of the few momentos I kept from my early school days.

All that said, it's no wonder to my family why I ventured not into the Foreign Service, but instead into the field of communication and media. After earning my bachelors degree from Drexel University in Corporate Communications, my work experience allowed me to flex my muscles in public relations, photography, writing and editing a corporate magazine, and creating directories and chamber guides. It also gave me a foundation in layout and design.

I have worked for corporate magazines, regional newspapers, and regional lifestyle magazines. I found my own natural groove as the editor of a small regional woman's magazine and to broaden my understanding of the publishing industry enrolled in the Pace University Masters in Publishing program.

As my program at Pace comes to a close I find myself most excited about how technology on the web is changing the way people engage with content. This is what fuels my research for my thesis paper. I believe new media is bringing great opportunity for those in publishing to deliver content to an audience more effectively than ever before, and I can't wait to see where this digital journey winds up.

Providing I finish this thesis on time, I'm eager to continue delving into the field of digital technology and communications and how it applies to the newspaper and magazine publishing industry.