Communication (Journalism and Public Relations)
Marie Gaumont is originally from Saffle, Sweden and graduated in the spring of 2018 with a degree in mass communications with a double concentration in journalism and public relations. She was proud to be the Editor-in-Chief of the UNCP school newspaper The Pine Needle during her senior year. Marie maintained a high grade point average which helped her to become a member of the honors college and graduate with honors college credit. Being a member of the honors college gave Marie opportunities that she wouldn’t otherwise have had which helped to build her resume and stand out during the job application process. Due to her hard work throughout her undergraduate studies Marie was one of the top five students in the running for the 2017-2018 Outstanding Senior Award.
Marie’s senior project was a thesis paper that focused on the evolution of media technology through time. She chose to focus on media that were used during presidential campaigns starting with George Washington using print media, Calvin Coolidge with radio, and all the way through Obama utilizing new web journalism and social media outlets.
After graduation Marie returned home to Sweden for the summer where she lived in a lake house in the south. She hoped to start working within the mass communication division at the United States Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden. Marie advises honors students to not wait until the last minute and always try their hardest even when responsibilities can seem overwhelming: "Honors students should stay true to the things they know and excel in those fields and don’t worry about anything else.” Marie was nominated and awarded the Warren Gene Scholarship for the 2015-2016 school year. She was very thankful for the scholarship, and it meant a lot to her knowing that her professors nominated her as a sophomore for the award because of her hard work and dedication.
Thesis: The Presidency from Print to Social Media: The Evolving Media Technologies and Coverage of America's Head of State
Faculty Mentor: Emilia Bak