After spending four years in the Bronx and six months in Paris to earn her undergraduate degree in Visual Arts, French and Catholic studies at Fordham University, Lauren Gilger turned around and threw herself into the master’s program at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. In other words, after learning to love the Arts, Lauren decided to learn the art of storytelling – in multiple formats, media and languages. Lauren spent two years working as a volunteer organizer in the Bronx and three months writing (and eating) for the Chow Bella food blog at the Phoenix New Times. She spent much of her undergraduate career as an intern at various national and international media companies, including CBSNews.com, ABCNews.com and CNN – and quickly realized that there is more to journalism than paper and ink. Now, she is freelancing for the Phoenix New Times and is excited to pursue new avenues of media and to help shape the future of an industry that she thinks is far from dying.