I knew I wanted to write for a living when I realized writing can change an individual, but it can also re-shape the world and the community we live in.
Amy Merrill, originally from a beautiful valley where the Teton's form a border between Idaho and Wyoming, is a recent graduate from Boise State University located in Boise, ID. There she earned her BA in communication and English with a journalism emphasis and political science minor. Amy worked as a staff writer at Boise State's bi-weekly paper, The Arbiter. Amy wrote a variety of articles ranging from news briefs, breaking news, features, editorials and opinion. In 2011 she was promoted to assistant news editor where she began to learn editing skills and basic page layout, and in 2012 she was hired as the news editor. Amy hired and managed a small staff, assigning beats, teaching reporting basics and editing staff articles. Additionally, she used In-Design to complete basic page layout with the exception of in-depth graphic design. Over the summer before completing her senior year, Amy interned with The Boise Weekly, a local alternative paper covering events, openings and shows as well as completing assignments given by the news and arts editors. Amy took many of her own photos and created a handful of videos to accompany articles using IMovie for a full multi-media package and worked closely with social media to foster the Boise Weekly brand as well as her own.
Following graduation Amy has embarked on a freelance adventure, pursuing topics from non-profits, to Boise economics and education. Amy is currently doing some freelance work, but outside of writing she spends her time hiking, reading, perusing local breweries, snowboarding and having friendly discussions concerning government policy decisions.