Cheyann Neades

I probably have enough magazines to read a new one every day of this year (or possibly longer). I can thank both Meredith Hall at Drake University for supplying them at the so-called “magazine table” and Meredith Corporation for being my place of work and always having them accessible to me. It may seem like a problem, but there hasn’t been a day this past year where I have not opened up one of the many magazines I own. Whether I was reading for leisure, getting story and design inspiration, or referencing work for a class assignment or project, these publications have been extremely foundational to my learning and growing as a Magazine Media major at Drake University in Des Moines, IA. Along with my major, I have a minor in Anthropology. The two areas of study have allowed me to learn so much about people and how they grow, learn, and interact in the world we live in.

Through the coursework in my major, opportunities to earn editor positions for Drake Mag and work as a print and digital editorial assistant with Midwest Living and Meredith Travel Marketing publications. All of these experiences and more have driven me to continue my college career at Drake and become a bulldog alumna in May of 2021, and to explore more opportunities within the journalism industry.

Although I have a strong love the magazine world, I have enjoyed and practiced in many forms of journalism and mass communication outlets to collaborate with diverse communities and add to my toolbox of skills. I believe that every experience, challenging or not, is beneficial in some way.

I have learned the importance of being both flexible and adaptable through my experiences over the last three years. When I started at The Modern Quilt Guild as a communications intern in 2018, the only thing I knew about quilts was that my grandmother sewed them. However, I dived into the lovely world of modern quilting, and learned about the best ways I could serve such a passionate audience. In my experience with the Des Moines Water Works Park Foundation, I was faced with not only learning more about public parks, but also how to market the park as an accepting, inclusive, and active place at the start of what became a 9 million dollar renovation—something that was very new for the land and its loyal visitors.

All of these experiences (and more) drive me to want to continue to serve communities with reliable, helpful, and fun information through ethical journalism practices. I am looking forward to seeing how this industry continues to grow and how I can be a part of these ever-changing opportunities.

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