Julie M. Schlabs first stumbled upon journalism when she picked up her schedule weeks before the start of her sophomore year at Hereford High School. Too many English classes, she thought, as she glanced at the thick black type on the flimsy paper. No time to spare, Julie sat anxiously as counselors thumbed through tattered pages of already filled classes. The only openings that remained were journalism and home economics.
Seldom regarded as a domestic type, Julie opted for journalism. As she stared into a blank screen weeks later, a vast array of opportunities unfolded. The prospect of getting paid to be curious was undoubtedly the best gig around, and she enthusiastically delved into reporting and editing. She hasn’t looked back since.
In December 2001, Julie graduated from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, where she served as editor of the student newspaper, the Ram Page. During her almost two-year tenure at the paper, she won awards in feature page and informational graphic design, and represented the paper at the Associated College Press Conference in New Orleans, La. She also was named to receive one of four Frank Buckley Scholarships from the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association, an award that recognizes outstanding accomplishments in student journalism and high potential for future success in news coverage.
Julie also has written for the San Angelo Standard-Times since December 2000, where she has covered crime, city government, agriculture, health, religion and more. She is currently pursuing her second bachelor’s degree – this time in psychology – and will graduate again in December 2002.