Justin's Journey into Journalism
Justin found his spark for news and journalism in elementary school and that fuels his learning and drive through college, where he earned a degree in Communications and Journalism.
It all started at “Rahn TV3 News.”
It is fair to say that Justin Amaker has a nose for news.
As a fifth and sixth grade student at Rahn Elementary, Justin was involved in the “Rahn TV3 News,” a daily show where students would share daily announcements with the entire school. “That started the spark of getting into news,” Justin said. And the spark happened again as a student at Burnsville High School and the opportunity to take courses in the Arts, Global Communications and Information Systems pathway. He was part of the school’s TV production class and helped produce a weekly news show where he wrote scripts, served as on-camera talent and worked behind the scenes. His pathway into the news business continued in his journalism class, which led to his involvement in the school’s newspaper and yearbook.
Justin continues to follow his nose for news at the University of St. Thomas where he is pursuing a Communications and Journalism degree. At St. Thomas starting in September 2021, he will serve as the director of Tommie Media, a student-run news organization, and will supervise a 60-member team. There is no doubt that Justin’s journalism talents will continue to be shared with the world. And it all started at “Rahn TV3 News.”
5th and 6th Grades
Justin becomes interested in news and journalism through his involvement in the “Rahn TV3 News.”
Justin enrolls in a journalism course at Burnsville High School, which leads to more experience on the school’s newspaper and yearbook.
Justin signs on as an intern in the communications department for Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191. The internship provides him with more writing experience and sells him on pursuing a major in journalism.
Justin enters his senior year at the University of St. Thomas and is on track to earn a degree in Communications and Journalism. He serves as the director of Tommie Media, a student-run news organization. His vision is to pursue a career in journalism.