Hello, hello! What an exciting opportunity this is to create my own platform where voices of all kinds can be heard. Together our goal is to "strengthen the line!"
What this means is that this page will be dedicated to all groups of people wanting to learn more about their peers. By being informed and listening to one another, we can do away with the gap of misunderstanding and head in the direction of mutual respect and acknowledgment.
First, I would like to tell you a little about myself, the person behind the screen. My name is Zoey Fields and I was born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana. I attended Indiana University and received my bachelor's degree in journalism and creative writing. Throughout my time in school, I worked as a freelance reporter for the Bloomington Herald Times. This opportunity was priceless to my education, as I got to experience first-hand the vigor it takes to be a journalist.
After graduating, I worked in Bedford, Indiana as a local government and crime reporter where I frequently interacted with government boards, the Sherriff's Department and the Police Department. I also had the opportunity to write a lot of feature stories about current events and profiles on newsworthy people in the area.
I just recently moved to Florida to Jacksonville, Florida to pursue this new and exciting adventure.
This opportunity through Facebook has allowed me to chase my dreams of moving out of the midwest to experience life in different areas of the United States.
I spend the majority of my free time reading, writing, and watching documentaries. I am a sucker for live music, iced coffees, and being out on the water whether it is a lake, a pool, or the ocean.
I have always dreamt of being able to merge my love of writing and reporting with my passion for learning more about the world. With this platform, that is exactly what I hope to do.
My vision for The Learning Curve is that people from all places, colors, ages, abilities and disabilities will feel welcome here sharing their stories with me and fellow readers.
A problem I had throughout my undergraduate career and into my journalism career was that I felt there was no one place, nor news platform, that people could go specifically to learn more about other people and their experiences.
There is no limit to who can and will be featured in The Learning Curve's articles. If you have a special talent, I want to know about it. If you experienced racism or sexism, I want to know about it. If you have a condition that is understudied and underfunded, I want to know about it. And those are just off the top of my head.
Basically, my goal is to learn with all of you, to embrace the "uniqueness" we all have, and represent an outlet that is welcoming and nondiscriminatory. No one person can strengthen the line, so let's do it together!
As things pick up, I plan to offer live streams where I will host Q+A's for readers, there will eventually be subscriber-only content such as guest speakers, special articles, and subscriber-only comments. This is not to drain your pockets, but to allow The Learning Curve to be a sustainable place for people of all backgrounds. The subscription costs will be manageable, I promise, and I look forward to hearing each and everyone of your stories.