Paxtyn Merten, reporting from Greece

Dispatches from a Northeastern University journalism student abroad…


edited-hill-full-2604My name is Paxtyn Merten and I am a first-year student at Northeastern University pursuing a degree in journalism and data science. I am currently a staff writer for The Huntington News, the independent student-run newspaper for the Northeastern community. I previously served as Campus Editor and Deputy City Editor of the publication. I am also a contributor for The Docket, the social justice reporting lab based in the Media Innovation graduate program at Northeastern.

Throughout my journalistic career I have covered breaking news, such as protests and sexual assault, as well as more in-depth features and profiles. I have also done a few data journalism pieces and have a particular interest in focusing on data stories in my career, which led me to take a graduate-level data journalism course during my freshman spring semester.

I am originally from a suburb north of Seattle and served as the Editor-in-Chief ofThe Hawkeye, my high school’s nationally recognized, independent, student-run news publication. I worked on the online newspaper and newsmagazine for four years in different staff and leadership positions.

In Greece, I want to take the opportunity to break out of my comfort zone and challenge myself. I want to tell stories that I never would have thought about otherwise and give a new perspective to my reporting. Most of all, I want my experiences in Greece to give me a broader, more personal understanding of worldwide issues than I could ever get sitting behind a desk in Boston.