Morgan Gstalter is a multimedia and print journalist getting ready to hit the pavement, post-graduation in May 2017, with a reporter’s notebook in hand and some comfortable shoes.
She is currently a senior at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, majoring in news/internet journalist with a minor in politics. In the fall of 2015, she was an international student at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic through the American Institute for Foreign Study.
Morgan spent eight months in the newsroom as a general assignment reporter for the Des Moines Register. She covered just about anything from crimes scenes with nothing but an iPhone or the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. She shot and edited videos in the parking lot of McDonalds in rural Iowa so that every story had some kind of a visual element. With the #RegisterNow curation team, Morgan and a team of Register writers covered trending topics that Iowans were talking about on social media. While journalism is being criticized as a “dying” medium, Morgan knows first hand that journalism is a rapidly changing, digital medium and she is well-prepared for it.
She was on the editorial board of the The Times-Delphic (TD), Drake University’s weekly student newspaper, for three years. She learned how to wrestle with administrators, edit a 12-page paper in AP Style, live-tweet political speeches or student protests and wrangle a group of freelance reporters to respect deadlines. She held positions as digital, news and managing editor.
Morgan also interned with the Iowa Secretary of State’s office to help promote their Safe at Home program. She wrote press releases, designed social media graphics and helped produce informational videos.
Morgan also loves promoting journalism education among high school students. At age 16, Morgan worked for The Mash, the Chicago Tribune’s high school journalism program. She went to movie premieres, reviewed pop culture trends and mastered her feature writing skills. She also interned with the Kettle Moraine Press Association’s Summer Journalism Workshop, helping to organize students and teach journalism seminars.
Personal fan of strong coffee, Kappa Alpha Theta, old maps and cursive handwriting.