In her career as a visual storyteller, Sarah Ann Jump used photojournalism to document moments that capture emotion and celebrate everyday life. She told the stories of a husband caring for his wife with dementia, a recovering drug addict’s efforts to break the addiction cycle in her own family, and a mother mourning the loss of her son. Her goal with each story was to promote understanding and empathy. As a designer, she has the same aspiration.
By studying interaction design, she plans on building upon the parallels between human-centered design and photojournalism—which she considers human-centered photography—to help create solutions for the social issues that initially drew her to journalism.After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology, Sarah Ann worked at a community newspaper in the rural Midwest as a photojournalist, designer, editor, and manager. A leader in her newsroom, she used design thinking to improve the reader’s digital experience and expand the paper’s reach to new audiences.In her free time, she loves learning new creative media, doing aerial yoga, and using instant film to document her life.