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McKayla Robinson

McKayla Robinson on a news media study abroad trip in Segovia, Spain. Robinson’s capstone was recently featured in the Deseret News. (Courtesy of McKayla Robinson) 

Having your story published on the front page of a top newspaper is the dream of many reporters, but most don’t expect to attain that goal as a student. BYU news media alumna McKayla Robinson, however, recently accomplished just that.

I did not expect my story to be featured on the front page of the Deseret News. I went in to pick up a copy of the paper and expected to have to search for my story but was pleasantly surprised when I realized it was on the front page,” said Robinson. “It was a cool experience, knowing my hard work was recognized and valued as important by a big name such as the Deseret News.”

Robinson’s capstone project features one of Utah’s oldest unsolved cases: the murder of 6-year-old Rosie Tapia. Twenty years later, Robinson’s project tells the story of Tapia’s family and their search for justice and closure.

“I loved the idea of working on Rosie’s case. I think criminology and crime reporting are so interesting, so I jumped at the opportunity to be involved with a local case,” said Robinson. “I also can’t image what Rosie’s family has gone through, not having answers for all those years, so I hoped my project would help bring some attention to her case and the ongoing investigation.”

Read Robinson’s full project on the Deseret News website.

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