The Department of Journalism faculty nominated Traylor
and committed $10,000 for her to participate in the project.
was such a big honor to be chosen,” Traylor said. “It was a huge honor to
represent CMU and get our name out there.”
Department of Journalism Chair Dr.
Maria Marron said Traylor was nominated because she has a strong academic
background and the faculty thought she would be a great fit for the program.
“She has the sort on enquiring mind
and the professional dynamo that made her a great candidate for this particular
program,” Marron said.
Traylor began work on the project in January with weekly
seminars via Skype. In May, she moved to Phoenix and worked on the project
until the beginning of August. She traveled to San Antonio, New York City,
Boston, Hartford, Conn., and New Haven, Conn., to interview between 50 and 60
people for her story on homeless veterans.
She said she gathered so much information from her interviews
that she had to use much of it as background information.
“I had so much information, that I would still be writing
now,” Traylor said.
She said her editor, Pulitzer Prize winner Jacquee Petchel,
taught her how important patience is in the newsroom.
“The story isn’t going to just spring up,” Traylor said. “You
have to keep working and wait for it.”
She said her education at CMU, specifically her knowledge of
AP Style, her JRN 202 class, and her experiences on Central Michigan Life and Grand
Central magazine prepared her for the project.
“I wouldn’t know how to be the journalist I am without CM Life and Grand Central,” Traylor said.
The networking she was able to do while working on the
project gives Traylor confidence that she will have no problem finding a job
“I want to thank Dr. Marron and my professors for the
opportunity and for believing in me,” she said.