Double major earns fellowship trip to Japan in national competition

As one of only nine students nationwide to win a Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting fellowship from the Indiana University School of Journalism, Communications and Political Science double major Sayra Trejo ‘18 will experience the best of both majors when she travels to Japan in May.

“I’m just honored to represent Dominican,” Sayra says. “We have great programs at Dominican and I love representing our journalism and PoliSci programs. And I love traveling. My name means traveller in Arabic.”

Sayra didn’t have to travel far to attend Dominican. She graduated from nearby Terra Linda High School and lives only three miles from campus. The beauty and reputation of the campus and the strong financial package the University offered convinced to her to stay close to home.

On her campus visit day, Sayra was immediately attracted to Dominican’s Political Sciences and International Studies program during a classroom experience with professor Gigi Gokcek.

“It’s such a great department and its flexibility allowed me to be a double major which is great … I just wanted to branch out and really diversify myself.”

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Sayra found hands-on opportunities in Communications and Media Studies, led by department chair Brad Van Alstyne and professor Mairi Pileggi. Sayra has done play-by-play announcing of Dominican’s volleyball games for Penguin Radio and was editor of the Dominican Beat online newspaper.

Last September Sayra was presented with the 2016 Emerging Environmental Journalist Award at the Society of Environmental Journalists Conference in Sacramento. She also was interviewed by Telemundo as a delegate for College Debate 2016, interviewed by KTVU Fox Channel 2 as an on-stage spectator for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ appearance at Dominican in December, and, last month, was interviewed by Univision Noticias TV 14 in San Francisco before a panel discussion on immigration and DACA on campus.

Sayra’s goal is to become a political reporter. Last summer she served an internship at KTVU TV in Oakland, working on the assignment desk and shadowing reporters.  During an internship at NPR-affiliate radio station KALW in San Francisco, she wrote and produced a story about Muir Woods National Monument and environmental concerns.
Sayra will visit Japanese television stations and international news bureaus such as the Wall Street Journal. She also hopes to speak with survivors of the Hiroshima bombing.

“I want to see how journalism is in different countries,” Sayra says. “In this world that we live in I want to be a global citizen. I want to know how we are all connected and how our actions impact people thousands of miles away.”


February 27, 2017