Featured Senior: Devon Marti ’14
Major: journalism and political science
Hometown: Parma, Ohio
Devon Marti will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science. This fall, she will begin working toward a master’s degree in journalism at Columbia College Chicago. Her tuition will be completely paid for through scholarships she received as a result of her experiences and internships that she added to her résumé while at Findlay.
“I’ve been given a lot of great hands-on experience at UF, and it’s taught me a lot about myself as a professional,” said Marti. “I have gained skills that have turned me into a hard working, thorough journalist.”
On campus, Marti was highly involved as a staff writer for the student newspaper, The Pulse. She also helped produce PulseTV during one semester.
One of Marti’s favorite college moments happened as a result of her status as a campus reporter. When Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Maria Karagianis, founding executive director of Discovering Justice and guest editor at the Boston Globe, came to campus in February of 2013, Marti had the opportunity to interview her. “She was a truly inspiring person to meet,” said Marti, who wrote a two-part series article about Karagianis that was published in The Pulse.
Marti gives credit to her academic advisor, Chris Underation, for her success at the University and also for helping her land an internship at CBS Radio Cleveland. “He really pushed me to be the best at my profession, and he is the reason I was able to graduate in just three years,” she said.
With help from Underation and UF alumnus Mike Yunis, Marti worked for two summers at CBS Radio in Cleveland. She wrote articles for the company’s four radio stations in the Cleveland area; nine of those articles were published on every CBS radio station’s website across the U.S. She also worked on website content and attended concerts and events to take photos.
Marti decided to double major in political science to coincide with a career in journalism. She notes that Robert Postic, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science, helped motivate her to complete the program.
When Marti was looking at colleges, she ultimately chose Findlay because she fell in love with the campus; it wasn’t too far from home; and she received scholarships that made it all possible.
“To this day, I’ve not regretted choosing UF,” said Marti. “Its journalism program went above and beyond to give me all the necessary training I need in order to further my career.”