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Michele K. Jones

Michele Kathleen Jones is a graduate student at The University of Florida's College of Journalism and Mass Communications. She is pursuing a master's degree in the journalism track.

Outside of class, Michele currently works as editorial page editor for The Independent Florida Alligator, the largest, independent student newspaper in the country. There, Michele writes daily editorials, selects and edits columns and letters for publication, makes many novice journalist mistakes and is called nasty names by angry readers.

Michele graduated from The University of West Florida in April 2001 with a bachelor's degree in international studies. Tested but rejected majors included: English, anthropology and elementary education. Additionally, Michele completed a minor in communications, taking classes in reporting, feature writing, and public relations.

While at UWF, Michele was active in the Univeristy Honors Program. Through this involvement, she traveled to London for ten days in Summer 1998 and spent a semester in Washington, DC in Spring 2000. In Washington, she worked as a programs intern for VSA arts, an international, non-profit organization which creates and supports arts intitiatives for individuals with disabilities. Also while in Washington, Michele (a warm-weather Florida girl) experienced her first snowfall and "blizzard-like conditions." Shocked, but not frozen, she returned in one piece. Michele's other adventures include a trip to Belize City, Belize in April 1998 with Gulf Breeze Presbyterian Church, a short jaunt to Seattle and life in general.

In the future, Michele hopes to obtain an assistantship at the J-school to continue her graduate work. Though she came to UF with the intention of studying traditional print journalism, Michele has recently become interested in the world of online media and interactive newspapers and plans to pursue this interest in future courses.