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paytonbphoto@gmail.com

I’m a student at the University of Oregon, School of Journalism and Communication. I currently work as a freelance journalist and Content Developer for Gather, an online resource for engaged journalists hosted by the Agora Journalism Center at the University of Oregon. In addition, I’m a member of the UNESCO Crossings Institute for Conflict-Sensitive Reporting and Intercultural Dialogue at the University of Oregon.

With a B.A. in journalism and a minor in Arabic studies, my aim is to work in the Middle East as a journalist. I took a step toward achieving this goal by furthering my knowledge of the Arabic language through a University of Oregon Global Education Oregon program based in Amman, Jordan. Funded by the Gilman International Scholarship and the Islamic Studies Initiative scholarship, I studied at the Qasid Arabic Institute in an intensive Arabic language program. I completed what the University of Oregon classifies as a year’s worth of Arabic in nine weeks, and I operated as a freelance journalist on behalf of the Gilman scholarship program.

My background in journalism revolves around visual and written storytelling. I work as a photojournalist for Ethos Magazine, an independent student publisher, and I have worked with KVAL CBS 13 news as a sports photographer. My photos have been published by KEZI news, KVAL news and the Newberry Eagle newspaper based out of La Pine, Oregon.