Jensen Werley Media:

The Professional and Personal Website of a Student Journalist

Professional Background

I got my start in journalism when I took high school chemistry. Because when I took that class, I realized that I didn’t want to be a doctor like I always thought I did and that I wouldn’t be very good at it, even if I still wanted to be one. My mother, who is much smarter than I am, told me that I was a good writer and should look into careers that have lots of writing. Of course, she must have known the whole time that I should be a journalist, because that is the direction she slyly nudged me in. She was right. I was born to be a journalist. When I came to UF, I took Intro to Journalism as a trial to see if I would actually like classes involving the field. I fell in love with it. I decided to get a second major in Sustainability Studies because I have always loved the environment.

From fifth grade, when I first attended Wekiva Youth Camp (a nature camp for Floridian children), I entertained a passion for environmental issues. When I decided to become a journalist, it was with a goal to specialize in environmental issues. I hope to someday cover an environmental beat for either a newspaper, magazine or website. I have worked at several publications since I got my start in the industry. I first started as a contributing writer for the Alligator while I was taking the reporting class. I took a break from the Alligator to pursue an internship with the UF News Bureau in Spring of 2012. Following that, I was the Breaking News Editor for College Magazine from Aug. 2012 to Feb. 2013. I am now back at the Alligator as a contributing writer and as a copy editor. This coming summer, I will live in New York City and be an intern at the New York Post.