Meet Natalie Helms

helms-natalieI am excited to write for CAFNR Corner Post again this semester! I am a senior studying science and agricultural journalism with an emphasis in conservation. This degree allows me to combine my strong interests in wildlife and writing. Originally, I am from Orland Park, Illinois, a large southern suburb of Chicago, but my parents have recently moved to Erie, Pennsylvania.

When not engrossed in academics, I serve as the president for MU’s Agricultural Communicators and Leaders of Tomorrow. I am also the public relations coordinator for MU’s Raptor Rehabilitation Project. And, I am active in the music scene on campus; I play clarinet in Marching Mizzou and often sing for the Newman Center and Lunch Time Talent. I was a finalist in Mizzou Idol 2014.

This past summer I interned with the American Bald Eagle Foundation in Haines, Alaska. I cared for 13 live raptors and gave presentations to museum guests about Alaska natural history and raptors. I also had an internship with Cummins Consulting and the American Agricultural Editor’s Association where I assisted in the coordination of the 2014 AAEA Communications Awards. In January and March of 2015 I had the privilege of field reporting for two weeks in Costa Rica as part of a science and agricultural journalism study abroad program. I also have some experience with drone journalism and multimedia.

I will graduate in May 2016 and hope to write, do communications or education work for a wildlife organization after college.

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