The Washington Journalism and Media Conference

Junior Faculty Advisor

Kailey Beth Smith

Junior Faculty Advisor

Junior Faculty Advisor

Kailey Beth Smith is a sophomore at Auburn University studying Journalism and Political Science, and pursuing a minor in Philosophy and Religion. Smith is the Community Reporter for the Auburn Plainsman, the most highly decorated student newspaper in the United States. Smith attended the 2015 Washington Journalism and Media Conference as a National Youth Correspondent from Mobile, Alabama. Her time at the conference changed her perspective on news and modern culture, and ignited a passion within her to pursue storytelling as a career. Smith covers weekly local events, and regularly covers city council meetings. She covered the controversial Richard Spencer visit to Auburn University last spring, and she produced pieces on racism in the south and within the school system.
She was featured by Alabama Media Group for an opinion piece on the Mobile Azalea Trail Maids in December of 2015. She is an active member of the Auburn Wesley Foundation, a United Methodist student ministry, where she leads bible study and serves on the Prayer and Devotional Life committee. She enjoys reading, writing, hand-lettering, and photography. She is a firm defender of the Oxford comma, and maintains a special talent for consuming a magnificent amount of espresso throughout her day.


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