About Me

About Lauren



Lauren J. Mapp is an award-winning journalist based in San Diego, California.

Currently working as an investigative reporting intern at inewsource, Mapp is also a contributing editor for Times of San Diego.

Mapp graduated from San Diego State University in May 2019 with a degree in journalism and a minor in American Indian studies. Faculty at the School of Journalism and Media Studies selected her as the Outstanding Graduate to represent the program during the 2019 commencement.

In addition to her bachelor's degree, she has three associate degrees in journalism, political science and culinary arts from San Diego Mesa College, as well as BarSmarts and Certified Beer Server certifications.

She is a former senior staff writer at The Daily Aztec and editor in chief at The Mesa Press. She has also been published by the North Coast Current and The National University Herald.

Prior to moving to San Diego in 2005, she was a part-time staff writer and photographer for Indian Time and The People's Voice, two weekly newspapers in the Kanien'kehá:ka (Mohawk) territory of Akwesasne on the border of New York and Quebec. At both papers, she covered the breaking news, the arts, music, sports and cultural events.


Growing up in Worcester, Massachusetts made her the avid Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics fan she is today. In her free time, Mapp likes to take dance lessons (primarily East Coast swing, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Bal Swing and ballet), try new restaurants, read, watch sports, cook and travel.

Her wanderlust has taken her through 11 countries and 32 states thus far, with many more trips left on the bucket list.



Full resume is available online as a PDF, and more information can be found on LinkedIn.




Accolades

2019

Print Scholarship
San Diego Society of Professional Journalists

Class of 2019 Outstanding Graduate
School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University

2018

Fall 2018 Dean's List
PSFA
San Diego State University 

Most Valuable Person
Arts & Culture Section
The Daily Aztec

Second Place Winner for Websites, Blog - Topic Based
Off the Mapp Blog
San Diego Press Club

Second Place Winner for College Print, Feature
"SDSU alumni pour success into new wine business"
San Diego Press Club

$2,500 Joe Lipper Scholarship
San Diego Press Club

Spring 2018 Dean's List
PSFA
San Diego State University

 $1,000 Photography Scholarship
San Diego Society of Professional Journalists

Third Place Winner for College Media
SoCal Bronies gallop to SDSU
San Diego Society of Professional Journalists

Third Place Winner for Digital Blog
Off the Mapp Blog
San Diego Society of Professional Journalists

Third Place Winner for Nondaily Reporting & Writing
Encinitas opting for an electoral divide
San Diego Society of Professional Journalists

Third Place Winner for College Media
Coffee shops in San Diego have grounds to brew popularity
San Diego Society of Professional Journalists

Third Place Winner for College Media
New CSU program automatically substitutes supply orders with sustainable options
San Diego Society of Professional Journalists

Columbia School of Journalism Fellowship to attend the Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference

San Diego Association of Black Journalists Scholarship

Gertrude Jockusch Endowed Scholarship


2017

Fall 2017 Dean's List
PSFA
San Diego State University

Second Place Winner for Non-Daily Reporting and Writing: Politics and Government Story
Coast not quite clear post-election
San Diego Society of Professional Journalists

Second Place, Online Blog
Off the Mapp Food and Travel Blog
San Diego Society of Professional Journalists

2016

Second Place Winner for Review/Criticism
Truffle Mac, divine views make for perfect afternoon delight
San Diego Society of Professional Journalists

Third Place Winner for Review/Criticism
S&M inspires diner's carnivorous dreams
San Diego Society for Professional Journalists

Second Place Winner for Headline
S&M inspires diners' carnivorous dreams
San Diego Society for Professional Journalists

Fourth Place Winner for Critical Review
S&M inspires diner's carnivorous dreams
Journalism Association of Community Colleges

2015-2016 Dean's Honor List
San Diego Mesa College

2013

Third Place Winner for College Media: News
Prop 35 aims to crackdown on sex trafficking in California
San Diego Press Club

Second Place Winner for Critical Review
Journalism Association of Community Colleges (Fall Conference)

Second Place Winner for Critical Review
Journalism Association of Community Colleges (Spring Conference)

Fourth Place Winner for Informational Graphic
California Community College Budget Issues
Journalism Association of Community Colleges (Spring Conference)

2012-2013 Dean's Honor List
San Diego Mesa College

2012

Second Place Winner for Review/Criticism
San Diego Society of Professional Journalists

San Diego Mesa College Hotel/Motel Scholarship for Culinary Arts

San Diego Mesa College Journalism Scholarship

2011

First Place Winner for College Newspaper Restaurant Review
San Diego Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards

Second Place Winner for College Newspaper Restaurant Review
San Diego Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards

Second Place Winner Feature Photo
Journalism Association of Community Colleges

2010

San Diego Hotel/Motel Scholarship for Culinary Arts

San Diego Mesa College Associated Students Community Service Scholarship

San Diego Mesa College Associated Student Academic Leadership Award

2009

San Diego Hotel/Motel Scholarship for Culinary Arts




Education

San Diego State University | San Diego, CA (2017-Present)

Major: Journalism; Minor: American Indian Studies
Expected graduation date: May 2019

San Diego Mesa College | San Diego, CA (May 2016)
Major: Journalism (A.A., C.A. with High Honors); Culinary Arts/Culinary Management (A.S., C.A. with Honors) and Political Science (A.A.)

Burncoat Senior High School | Worcester, MA (May 2003)
Studied theater at a public high school specializing in performing arts



Certifications

Hootsuite Platform Certification | December 2018

Certificate of achievement is available online.

Banjo Basics Certification | December 2018
Certificate of achievement is available online.


Google Analytics for Beginners | November 2018
Certificate of achievement is available online.

Certified Beer Server | November 2017

Certificate of achievement is available online.

BarSmarts | February 2017
Passed the BarSmarts exam on Feb. 5, 2017. BarSmarts tests individuals on the history and production of distilled spirits and cocktails. 

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