Training, Media Skills Help Tornado Victims Rebound

Garrett Walton

Garret Walton, an IUPUI journalism student from Salem, Ind., turned his academic training into a helping hand for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) this spring by using his journalistic and social media skills to reach out to victims of the tornadoes that swept through southern Indiana March 2. Walton, whose family, relatives and friends live throughout the storm-ravaged area, was already using social media to collect donations of needed items and driving them to southern Indiana every weekend following the tornadoes. Julie Vincent, a public relations instructor in the IU School of Journalism at IUPUI, answered an IDHS request for help by providing Walton’s name.