These University of Oklahoma journalism students are writing immigration-themed profiles and issue stories and assisting Project Director Warren Vieth in planning and executing the conference:



HAILEY BRANSON is a journalism and economics senior from Perry, Okla. She has worked for newspapers since she was 15 and has written for the Perry Daily Journal, the Oklahoma Daily, the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette, the Broken Arrow Ledger, the Vinita Daily Journal and Hearst Newspapers in Washington, D.C. She spent last summer as a Dow Jones copy editing intern for the New York Times.

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M. SCOTT CARTER went to work for his first newspaper at the age of 13. For more than 30 years, Carter, an Oklahoma native, as worked for newspapers and magazines across the state, including the Norman Transcript, the Stillwater NewsPress and the Blackwell Journal. He currently is chief Capitol correspondent for the Oklahoma Journal Record. In addition to his newspaper work, Carter has served as a contributing editor for Oklahoma Today Magazine. His stories, essays and photographs have appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country. He is a professional writing senior at the University of Oklahoma.

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CHINH DOAN is a sophomore pursuing a bachelors degree in journalism. She is fluent in Vietnamese and is studying Spanish because she hopes to be one of the few trilingual journalists in Oklahoma. Doan is a University of Oklahoma Advantage Scholar, Gaylord College McMahon Scholar and President’s Community Scholars Mentor. Doan serves as a Gaylord College Ambassador, Magazine Interest Group vice president, Asian American Journalist Association vice president and Oklahoma College Broadcasters historian. She is a member of the Asian American Student Association and Vietnamese Student Association. Doan has gained experience with “OU Nightly” for four semesters as assistant producer, franchise assistant, writer and teleprompter. She has been a multimedia reporter for the Oklahoma Daily student newspaper for two semesters. She also facilitates team-building exercises through Lead Team, OU’s ambassadors for the Center of Leadership Development and Volunteerism.


Phone: (405) 323-4397




“Limbs for life puts prosthetic effort in Haiti”

“Low-sodium soup tastes success”

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ASHLEY FOSTER is a junior from Edmond, Okla., majoring in broadcasting and electronic media. She is interested in producing film documentaries and writing columns and editorials. She has helped prepare OU Nightly newscasts and taken photos for the Sooner Yearbook. She loves national politics and indie music.

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JAIME JONES is a journalism senior graduating in May. She has focused on print and broadcast media while at OU. She is actively involved in the student run broadcast station, OU Nightly, and currently serves as producer and anchor. Jones is the event coordinator of the Immigration to the Heartland conference. She wants to go into the event planning industry upon graduation. Jones interned with Todd Events Creative Services last summer and currently works as a marketing assistant at The Cottages of Norman.


Cell Phone: 405-623-5614

Twitter: @JaimeJam

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LIZZY LOPEZ is a journalism senior with a minor in Spanish. She interned at Rogers & Cowan in Los Angeles as well as worked at Splash Online Magazine in L.A. Lopez worked at News Channel 10 in Amarillo, Texas as a reporter intern. Lopez has been published in the OU Daily as well as Splash Online Magazine. She also worked only multiple public relations projects while in L.A–Press Play & Lord Save Us


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WHITNEY ORTEGA is a journalism junior from the tiny West Texas town of Sweetwater, which is home to the largest rattlesnake roundup in the world and the largest wind farm in the nation.  She is the oldest daughter of Robert and Leonor Ortega and big sister to Stephanie Ortega, who will unfortunately be a Texas State bobcat in the fall. The journalism bug bit Ortega the summer of 2007, after she graduated from high school.  Her first job was as a freelance writer for the Abilene Reporter News in Abilene, Texas.  She has since written for the Abilene Reporter and the Oklahoma Daily.  She discovered her passion for broadcast journalism in 2008, as a summer intern at KTXS, Abilene’s ABC affiliate station. She is the current Friday anchor for OU Nightly, Gaylord College’s student-produced news show.  She is a Spanish and English news brief anchor and producer.  The Spanish news briefs air on T30, the Telemundo affiliate station in Oklahoma City. She is vice president of the Oklahoma College Broadcasters, secretary of the OU Spanish Club and a member of the National Broadcasting Society.  As a student tour guide, she shares her experiences with these organizations and her love for her university with many visitors. She decided to join this project in hopes of opening her eyes to the everyday trials of undocumented immigrants. Ortega hopes to graduate in 2011 and begin working toward her career goals of being an international correspondent and hosting a network morning show.

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RENEÉ SELANDERS is excited to join Gaylord College’s first webzine, Routes, in her junior year as a journalism student at OU. She currently works at The Oklahoma Daily as a News Editor. Reneé previously worked as a Copy Editor and Diversity Beat Reporter for The Daily. She interned at The Oklahoma Gazette in Summer 2008, where two of her biggest articles featured as cover stories for the weekly, magazine-style publication. She participated in the Oklahoma Institute for Diversity in Journalism as a Fellow in 2005 and again as Chief Counselor in Summer 2009. Reneé is also an Ambassador to Gaylord College, a McMahon Journalism Scholar, a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and a Henderson Scholar, a volunteering scholarship organization for ethnic minority students. She has received the Latino Academic Achievement Award the past two years, and is on President’s Honor Roll as well as Gaylord College Dean’s Honor Roll. In addition to studying journalism at OU, Reneé completed her Spanish minor at the Universidad de Viña del Mar during Fall 2009 in Chile and studied Postmodern British Literature abroad at Oxford University in July 2009.



One Response to “Students”

  1. tn noticias December 7, 2010 at 9:00 am #

    Thanks for sharing this. I am now on my 3rd year of Journalism and never regret to take the course.

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