Spring 2018

Calvin Cockrell

Calvin is a master’s student in journalism and graduate assistant at the University of Alabama. He is from the small town of Munford in East Central Alabama. He earned his BA in journalism and economics at Alabama in 2017 and expects to graduate with his MA in May 2019. Calvin enjoys photography and graphic design and hopes to make a career in magazine design.

Jay Gilmore

Jay Gilmore is an experienced Journalist turned Educator. His television career started at eight years old in Nashville, TN. He worked in film before entering the broadcast news world as a Sports Anchor/Reporter at stations around the country.

He’s now an Instructor at Middle TN State University teaching Journalism classes. He graduated from Antioch High School and went on to study communications at both Motlow State Community College and Middle TN State University. He’ll earn his MA Journalism from the University of Alabama in August 2018.

Laurence Holmes


Amy Sullivan

Amy Sullivan is a second-year thesis student working on achieving her master’s in Journalism. The 24-year-old Atlanta-native is writing her thesis on the media coverage on the inaugural gowns from Jackie Kennedy’s in 1961 all the way to Michelle Obama’s first gown in 2009. She is expected to graduate in May 2018.

Amy aspires to work for a magazine, preferably a lifestyle magazine. Her future goal is to one day become creative director but she currently aspires to be either a photographer, a photo stylist, a page designer/graphic designer, or copy editor. With photography as her passion and over 10 years experience under her belt, she hopes to find a job and get paid doing what she loves while sharing her passion for the art of visual journalism.


Aaron Tinker

Born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Aaron Tinker (25) is a graduate student currently working on his Master of Arts in Teaching English. He obtained his first degree in English from The University of Alabama in Spring 2016. His minor was in World Literature and Foreign Languages, in which he studied four years of Latin. Upon graduation, Aaron will be working as a high school English teacher for the Tuscaloosa County School System. He also has a desire to become an adjunct teacher for Shelton State Community College, while pursuing a second Master’s degree in English Language Arts.

A contributor to his field, he is currently working on an article for the NCTE English Journal called “Fifty Shades of Fairy Tales.” This article will explore the use of fairy tales as morality tales used to help people understand and talk about difficult subjects. Previously, his work has been published to The University of Alabama’s Edifice Project, which is a website dedicated to the study and discourse of John Milton’s Paradise Lost. Here, he has published “Better to Reign: Satan as a Tragic Hero,” which is an essay written to explain the ways in which Milton’s character, Satan, adheres to several tragic conventions outlined by Aristotle in his ancient text, The Poetics.