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The presentation of an article is one of the most vital components of any story. It's the first interaction with the reader, and even a well-written story will go unread if its design isn't accessible. That's why I've put such an emphasis on design from the beginning of my journalistic career. As a sophomore, I taught myself how to use programs like Adobe Illustrator and InDesign to create elegant and beautiful pages as well as crisp and effective infographics. The leaders of the staff soon noticed me, and I became the go-to-guy for design and infographics. My design work has received national recognition from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, state recognition from the University Interscholastic League, and locally from The Dallas Morning News

As a storyteller, visual communication is crucial to the message and impact of any article, and I've tried to ensure the highest quality of design in my stories.