Polly Irungu

Multimedia Journalist + social media producer

New York, New York

Polly Irungu

View my work at || @pollyirungu



RESTAURANTS FROM SCRATCH: How Little Rock's Platnum BBQ got its start

Last fall, Angia Cox was in culinary school and catering private events. During that time, she realized she was ready to open up her own restaurant, but she wasn’t sure where to start. While on a date night with her husband and business partner, 37-year-old Kevin Cox, she noticed a vacancy at the River Market in downtown Little Rock.
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RESTAURANTS FROM SCRATCH: How Ceci’s Chicken & Waffles got its start in central Arkansas

Ciceley Mcdowell opened her chicken and waffles restaurant with only $300. It took her only a year-and-a half to outgrow her original space. Raised in Little Rock, Mcdowell grew up around entrepreneurs, including her grandfather, who catered events for the Governor's Mansion during a span that started during Francis Cherry's tenure and ended during Bill Clinton's time in office.
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Tanzina Vega is a trailblazer. After undergrad, she decided to leave her normal life behind and take on Spain with little to her name. While working abroad, she launched her own business teaching English as second language. She expanded her reach to South Korea as well. In 2004, her passion for journalism led her back to the U.S. where she worked as an editor and produced podcasts for a technology magazine.
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Meet Cassow: The Artist Aiming for His “God Like Potential”

Jeremy McKinley, 25, born and raised in Portland, Oregon, is one of few in Gods of the Young (GOTY), a brotherhood that is focused on reaching their ‘God-like potential’. Mckinley, better known as Cassow, a name that he adopted from his late friend, Andre “Doe” Payton. Payton dubbed him as ‘Picasso’ back in their early stages of rapping in High School. Link to Story

The Snapchat Queen of TrackTown USA

Editor’s note: This is the second post in a two-post series covering this summer’s TrackTown USA events from the viewpoint of its student interns. Read the first post, “Life as TrackTown USA intern,” by Jake Willard. As I started my senior year at UO, I was uncertain about career possibilities and internships, but I knew I wanted more experience in social media-related work.
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SOJC Professor Alex Tizon discusses Biology of Story and new forms of storytelling

Biology of Story is an interactive documentary that was researched, written and directed by filmmaker Amnon Buchbinder, an associate professor of screenwriting in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design at York University. The documentary recently launched at SXSW Interactive. According to the website, “Biology of Story is a whole new way to think about Story.
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Don’t make these 4 social media mistakes

UO School of Journalism and Communication students know Kelli Matthews best as a senior instructor and area coordinator for the SOJC’s public relations sequence. But she is also the founder and managing director of Verve Northwest Communications. And if that’s not enough to establish her as a PR and social media expert, she also blogs at PRos in Training about the latest trends, blunders and more in the communications sphere.
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Jamilah Lemieux inspires 800 middle and high school journalists at Fall Press Day

Nearly 800 aspiring student journalists from middle schools and high schools around Oregon gathered at the University of Oregon campus for the 31st annual Fall Press Day on Nov. 2. The Northwest Scholastic Press Association and the UO School of Journalism and Communication sponsored the day-long event.
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Polly Irungu

Polly Irungu is a multimedia journalist and social media producer based in New York. Most recently, she completed two insightful internships working as an online intern for Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and a social media intern for NPR. During her final year of school, she was a social media producer and digital content creator for the University of Oregon - School of Journalism Communications team, a campus editor-at-large at HuffPost, and a freelance production assistant for the PAC-12 Networks and Fox Sports.

She has also written as a contributor for Hashtag Sports, CNN iReport, Rolling Out, and HerAgenda. A National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) fellow in 2015 and 2016, she participated in the NABJ and National Association of Hispanic Journalists student newsroom to provide coverage of their historic joint convention for NABJ Monitor and Latino Reporter. She also served on the the 2016-17 NABJ student representative board for Region IV.

Previously, she has worked for Def Jam Recordings, Dell, TrackTown USA, EP Entertainment LLC, Artistic Outlet Media, and Adobe. She made the 2013 and 2014 Daily Emerald 25 Ducks Who Will Change the World list, and in May 2015 she was named the Women4Africa International Young Achiever of the Year.

You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @pollyirungu.



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