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Student Advisory Council Student Advisory Council

The Journalism Chair’s Student Advisory Council is made up of students who represent journalism majors and will weigh in on department issues and questions about curriculum, diversity, student experience and more. They will also initiate projects on a semester, yearly or ongoing basis. Reach out to members and follow the group at:

Email: ufjoucouncil@gmail.com
Twitter: @ufjoucouncil
Instagram: @ufjoucouncil
LinkedIn: JOU Student Advisory Council

Lexi Ashby

Lexi Ashby
Lexi Ashby

Year of graduation: 2023

Journalism interests/experience: Lexi is interested in podcasts, travel photojournalism and health and wellness. Lexi also is a contributing writer for The Alligator and works in social media content creation and marketing.

Outside interests: Lexi’s outside interests include traveling, road trips, guitar, lacrosse and other sports.

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Best tip for succeeding as a journalism major: “You get out exactly as much as you put in. If you are interested in learning more about something or participating in some part of the college, reach out to people who have done the same and try to get involved!”

Dana Cassidy

Dana Cassidy
Dana Cassidy

Year of graduation: 2022

Journalism interests/experience: Dana is a former intern at The Palm Beach Post and the Orlando Sentinel and is set to intern at the Miami Herald this summer. Dana was also a News Managing Editor at The Independent Florida Alligator alongside other desk editor and reporter roles across five semesters. Additionally, Dana spent two semesters as a reporter at Fresh Take Florida. Dana’s reporting interests include topics like criminal justice and education and Dana particularly enjoys explanatory journalism and narrative nonfiction.

Outside interests: Dana is an anthropology minor and is interested in anything related to the fine arts, reading, fitness, cooking and Netflix.

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Best tip for succeeding as a journalism major: “Trust your instincts, be kind to others and don’t compare your journey to anyone else’s. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. Also, caffeine. Lots of caffeine. Just so much caffeine.”

Alan Halaly

Alan Halaly
Alan Halaly

Year of graduation: 2024

Journalism interests/experience: Alan was a Metro News Assistant at The Alligator in Fall 2020 and is the East Gainesville Beat Reporter at The Alligator for Spring 2021. Alan’s interests include spotlighting underserved communities, feature reporting and human-interest stories.

Outside interests: Alan is a Spanish double major and enjoys theatre, reading and traveling.

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Best tip for succeeding as a journalism major: “The best way of learning in journalism is doing; write and report as much as you can! Whether it’s as a staff writer or a contributor, make mistakes and grow from them.”

Stephany Matat

Stephany Matat
Stephany Matat

Year of graduation: 2022

Journalism interests/experience: Stephany was a digital editor at The Independent Florida Alligator for the Spring 2020 semester and has been working with Fresh Take Florida since Summer 2020; since then, she has received bylines in outlets like the Associated Press, the Miami Herald and U.S. News and World Report. Stephany aspires to be a White House correspondent and work in political journalism.

Outside interests: Stephany loves taking care of her plants, painting, cooking, playing guitar and listening to the Beatles, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Taylor Swift

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Best tip for succeeding as a journalism major: “My best tip for succeeding as a journalism major is to reach out to the professors and to openly ask any questions; the professors are extremely experienced and are willing to help.”

Kalia Richardson

Kalia Richardson
Kalia Richardson

Year of graduation: 2022

Journalism interests/experience: Kalia has worked for The Alligator as a general assignment reporter, and an editorial assistant for Rowdy Magazine, a fashion and culture magazine. Kalia has also published stories for WUFT and Her Campus. Kalia is currently the editorial director for Rowdy Magazine and an editorial intern for Naples Illustrated. Kalia’s interests include covering culture and the arts, in particular long-form feature stories and profiles.

Outside interests: Kalia enjoys reading, going on runs and meditating.

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Best tip for succeeding as a journalism major: “I would advise every journalist to prioritize their mental health. Sometimes, we get caught up in a story or spend long hours editing and neglect to check in with our emotional and physical state. I encourage every journalist to take breaks and to leave time out of their day for yourself.”

Alexa Sauvagere

Alexa Sauvagere
Alexa Sauvagere

Year of graduation: 2021

Journalism interests/experience: Alexa is pursuing a dual degree in English and journalism. Alexa has experience in feature writing for magazines and enjoys reading news articles and human-interest stories.

Outside interests: Alexa is interested in all things entertainment: reading and writing fiction; watching television, movies and plays; listening and playing music.

Best tip for succeeding as a journalism major: “The best tip I can give to anyone wishing to succeed as a journalism major is to persevere past the learning curve and not to get discouraged along the way.”