By Keely Savoie
Anjelica Jarrett ’17 didn’t set out to write an op-ed. It just sort of evolved from a mental exercise that Andrew Reiter, assistant professor of politics and international relations, assigned her in the wake of the women’s march on Washington, D.C., in January.
“I study social movements,” Jarrett said, “and when the women’s march happened, Andy suggested I analyze it using my background in what creates — or subverts — a successful movement.”
The piece she wrote over the weekend so impressed Reiter that he suggested she turn it into an op-ed and submit it for publication. Though Jarrett, an international relations major, sees herself as an academic more than a journalist, the idea appealed to her. She worked closely with Reiter to produce a media-ready op-ed that she then began pitching to local papers.
The piece was soon picked up by The Berkshire Eagle, but the story didn’t end there.
Less than a week later, with the encouragement of Reiter and staff in the Office of Communications and Marketing at Mount Holyoke, Jarrett pitched her piece to New England Public Radio’s Commentary section.
Producer Tema Silk worked with Jarrett to hone a pitch-perfect piece for radio.
“It was really wonderful to break out of my usual academic circles and focus on producing a piece for the public,” said Jarrett. “It forced me to think in a different way.”
Jarrett plans on continuing her education in international relations in graduate school, and envisions continuing to contribute to the public sphere through commentaries.
“I have the confidence to know that I can do this now,” she said.
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