Elizabeth Grisham

 

My name is Elizabeth Grisham.

I am a graduate of George Mason University.

In May 2015, I received a Master of Arts degree in communication with a concentration in science communication.

In addition to my communication M.A., I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication with a public relations concentration and an electronic journalism minor (2013). I also hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in history (2002) and a Master of Arts degree in pre-doctoral American history (2012)–all from Mason. In addition to sustainability, I specialize in writing about epidemics, public health policy and related communication.

Most recently, I wrote my master’s thesis on the topic of church-based HIV/AIDS social support.

I began this blog during the Spring 2013 semester as part of an online journalism class. While other students worked in teams to cover various beats related to Fairfax, Virginia news, I requested to cover sustainability in the city on my own, rather than see the subject go uncovered. I am currently working to adapt this space to fit my evolving professional and academic needs.

Please note that I spent my time in college not only in the classroom, but also in the newsroom of my campus newspaper, Broadside (now Fourth Estate). While there, I served as staff writer, news editor and senior staff writer.

I also wrote the story idea and leadership plan that leaders of Fourth Estate are currently using to guide both news coverage and newsroom operations.

Outside the newsroom, I served as assistant to the adviser of the George Mason University chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. There, I helped to re-establish the Mason chapter of SPJ and conducted research on the habits of award-winning college newspaper staffs.

I am a current member of The D.C. Science Writers Association and Virginia Professional Communicators.

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6 Responses to

  1. Hi Elizabeth, nice to meet you. I am really impressed with your credentials. I read your story about your whistleblowing and admire you for the stand you took. I myself am a person of principle, consequences, be damned. I think more people need to stand up to wrong doing. It’s really sad what happened to you.

    • Thank you. In all the years since that happened, only a handful of people have expressed support for my position. I’m just now coming to embrace the editorial freedom of blogging. It’s hard to do, after years of newsprint on my fingers. At least here, I control the story. I’m happy to meet you. Thanks again.

      • I don’t know how I missed this, but I have not been on for awhile. Have had a lot going on. More people should support those that take your position. It’s for everyone’s benefit. Blogging does give you freedom that is hard to get on any other media platform.

  2. Soul Gifts says:

    I applaud your courage and determination to stand up for what is right against all odds. So sad what has happened to you. The world is a strange place indeed. If I understood right where you were was a Church run organisation. That makes it even sadder. Where is the compassion ? Not to mention all the rights you were denied. I wish you all the best in your journey forward. Thank you so much for following my blog 🙂

    • Thank you for your comment. The incident took place at a university newspaper. There is a church located just off campus, where the members of the newspaper worship. I was fired from the newspaper, run out of the church and then run out of a second church by the dean of the school. I did not know that he attended the second church. Punishment continues to this very moment, but I am still standing.

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