Meet the Freshmen

Andrea Frazier

Publications, prestige, and relative perfection—these are the three P’s that lured me from my home in Pittsburgh to Ohio University, more specifically, to the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. Online and print publications abound here, an enticing aspect for me as an aspiring magazine journalism major. During my junior and senior years of high school, I wrote on a regular basis as a student columnist for the local newspaper, informing the community of goings-on within the high school and shedding light from a student’s perspective. This experience fueled my desire to continue to tell stories as I realize the power of the written word and the ability it gives me to explore my interests. Highly ranked nationally, the E.W. Scripps School’s reputation precedes it, ensuring a high-quality education to future journalists. This, along with the campus life, solidified OU’s standing as the perfect school for me. In addition to being home to the prestigious Scripps School, Ohio University also offers a creative writing major – another of my passions – as well as numerous study abroad opportunities that I plan on taking advantage in the near future. Ohio University presents so many opportunities to discover and explore, from publications (for me, Backdrop magazine and The Essay), to a wide variety of classes for students to uncover interests they never knew they had, to social events. Over the course of my freshman year, I hope to gain journalistic experience and expand my horizons.

Bri Adamson

I remember the moment I knew I wanted to work in broadcast journalism. It was an unbelievable week in New York City. I had scheduled a tour of NBC’s studios and when I was picked to read a mock newscast at a mock studio, I had a strange feeling. I was sitting at a news desk reading from a teleprompter, when I realized that this was what I wanted to do the rest of my life. Reality set in shortly after, when I returned home to Shaker Heights, Ohio (a suburb of Cleveland) to start applying to colleges. Ohio University was the only school I applied to; I did not want to go to any other school than E.W. Scripps. Now that I attend one of the best journalism schools in the nation, I do not want to take anything for granted. Currently I am finishing up training for WOUB (Ohio University’s public broadcasting station), writing for The Awakening (a publication by the women and gender studies program), and also writing for this blog! My goal for this blog is to show high school students and other Scripps students that Scripps can get you to where you want to be if you take advantage of the right opportunities.

Brooke Bunce

Hey there! I’m Brooke Bunce, I’m from Lebanon, Ohio; a city outside of Cincinnati. I am a journalism major in the magazine sequence. I love anything involving fashion, fall or good music. I was drawn to Athens by both the excellent education I knew I would receive and by the unmistakable charm of campus. Ohio University is packed with diversity, adventure and culture, which is exactly why I love it. I came to the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism specifically for its’ reputation for being one of the best journalism schools in the country. I am involved in both Backdrop and Thread, which are student-run magazines, as well as Ed2010, a magazine enthusiast’s club. I’m the nerd that obsesses over grammar (I edit my friend’s paper for fun) so I can say with certainty this is the right major for me! Outside of journalism, I’m a member of Student Senate, the student government on campus. My dream job is to someday work for a publication such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Vogue, or Nylon… and hopefully my time at OU will make my dream that much more attainable!

Jackie Runion

One hundred and sixty-eight miles north of my new home in Athens, Ohio is my hometown of Orrville, Ohio, a small town best-known as the founding place of the J.M. Smucker Company. My interest in journalism originated from my work on my high school yearbook staff and my love of reading and writing. I was specifically drawn to the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism for its highly-regarded programs and academic prestige. The fact that the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism is also a part of the beautiful Ohio University campus made my decision final. I was so set on studying at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism that I not only applied there, but did not apply anywhere else. I am not set on a specific area of study in the field of journalism, but I am interested in a career in editing or publishing. I am currently a member of the Ohio University chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and do copy-editing work for Thread, Ohio University’s only student-run fashion magazine. In the future, I plan on getting involved with the Department of Theatre and The Post, Ohio University’s student-run newspaper. As a new Bobcat, I hope to build connections with peers and alumni while broadening my skills and interests in the journalism. I also hope that by being a freshmen blogger I can share my experiences with others and spark interest in potential students to consider and choose the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

Jake Corrigan

At my Cleveland high school, I was the president of our Broadcasting Club and I would broadcast live sporting events to thousands of listeners, so it’s safe to say that broadcasting is my passion. With my high school’s sports information department, I helped put together a nationally recognized media guide for the football team. This experience got me an amazing opportunity here at Ohio University; I am interning for the media relations department! For the most part, I work with the baseball and football teams as well as the women’s soccer team. This combines two of my loves: sports and public relations. I am also getting involved with WOUB Radio and recording newscasts and working my way up. I am at Scripps because I know the opportunities that the school provides its students. I just hope to balance classes, schoolwork and all the groups and activities I am involved in!


Leah Hourihan

Hello, I’m Leah Hourihan! I come all the way from Buffalo, New York. After I introduce where I am from, people usually say, “Oh so are you here for Scripps?” My answer is yes, I am here for journalism; however, I’m not sure yet what sequence I want to pursue, but I’m leaning toward magazine or online journalism. I am really excited for my freshman year to get my feet wet in writing for publications, especially blogging for ImPRessions and working with Speakeasy. I am also involved with OU’s Habitat for Humanity, Student Senate and the running club. Running is a huge part of my life, I run almost every day and compete in half-marathons and hopefully will be doing my first full marathon this year. I am also a supporter of animal rights and am a vegetarian. I have a huge family and miss them dearly, including my twin sister. Nevertheless, it is a great feeling to be away from my home and immerse myself in a whole new situation. This whole year is going to be full of crazy events and I cannot wait. It’s awesome to have this blog to document all of my experiences and opinions about my life here at Ohio University.


This site is being administered by the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism’s ImPRessions team. ImpPRessions is a student-run public relations firm in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University that is a subsidiary of the Hugh M. Culbertson Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).  Our team is composed of five members; Heather Bartman, Jacqueline Lorenzo-Jones, Sarah Maloy, Annie White, Sam Bartlett (account executive), and Nicole Bersani (account supervisor).




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