Kelsey Richmond is a May 2015 graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and specializations in Human Communication and Social Sciences. She grew up in the northwest suburbs of Illinois. Her interest in journalism sparked during her high school years and ignited once she entered college.
As a sophomore, Richmond began working as a videographer for the video team at the independent school newspaper, The Daily Illini. Her interest in producing videos grew immensely with each new video project.
She enjoyed writing for print, but found herself more interested in the visual aspects of telling stories. Richmond continued to work as a videographer for the Daily Illini during her junior year and the first half of her senior year. She also took on the role as a Vidcast Reporter and Editor, which allowed her to gain more editing techniques and also to become more comfortable in front of a camera.
The summer before her junior year, she was accepted to study abroad in Italy for the Urbino Project with ieiMedia. It was here that she wrote an article, Le Marche: Winning by Losing, for the Urbino Now 2013 magazine.
The summer before her senior year, Richmond applied to be the production intern at The Virgin Islands Public Television System, WTJX Channel 12 in St. Thomas, USVI. WTJX is a PBS affiliate located in the Virgin Islands of St. Thomas and St. Croix. During Richmond's time at the station, she had the hands-on opportunity to work with many different people including editors, lighting technicians, graphics artists and producers. Working directly with the staff at WTJX she gained incredible studio and field producing experience and at the University, more technical experience.
Senior year, Richmond covered stories for the UI7 News radio and television. She took on roles in front of the camera as well as behind the camera. These opportunities and experiences have prepared her for the next step in television and it is with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism that Richmond hopes to obtain a job in this field.