Lauren Chase has served as MSGA’s Multimedia Outreach Specialist since February 2011. Her task is to tell the story of Montana family ranching through photographs and video interviews of members across the state. Her work is displayed on MSGA’s Facebook page for mass consumption. Lauren works to showcase the Montana Stockgrowers Association’s Research & Education Endowment Foundation and is also, producing a series of coffee table photo books that showcase family ranching and promote the beef industry.
The first volume of this series, “Big Sky Boots,” was released in December, 2012. It features over 100 Montana ranchers in 192 pages of photographs, stories, and quotes. You can purchase this wonderful addition to your book collection on the MSGA store page.
Lauren grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and was a Valedictorian in her high school class of 2007. She went on to graduate from the University of Iowa, earning bachelor’s degrees with honors in both journalism and mass communication and anthropology. She also received a minor in Spanish. In 2010, Lauren graduated Cum Laude in only three and a half years.
During her collegiate career, she earned three scholarships through the School of Journalism: Laurence Fairall Endowment Scholarship, Professor Donald Wooley Scholarship and the Society of Professional Journalists – Outstanding Graduate Scholarship. Lauren also held internships at Daily Iowan TV as a producer for a nightly news show, Applied Media Production Services as a video editor for the renowned University of Iowa’s Hospitals and Clinics, UI Center for Media Production producing a feature video for the Big Ten Network, and MSGA as the multimedia communications intern. After completing these internships, Lauren was the staff photographer and videographer for the School of Journalism, shooting content for social media use and publication in the Iowa Journalist magazine.
Animals have always fascinated Lauren. She does not come from an agriculture background, but enjoys learning about raising cattle from Montana’s ranchers. Before coming to work for MSGA, Lauren interned at a chimpanzee sanctuary in Bend, Oregon to study the use apes’ images in media.
Recently, Lauren was a Gold Winner in the Hermes Creative Awards from AMCP (Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals) for the web videos produced during Lauren’s internship. She has been featured on the American Angus Association’s “I Am Angus” program, had her work published on several magazine covers, and won the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s 2013 Excellence in Affiliate Communications and Public Relations Award.
Lauren and her communications colleague, Ryan Goodman, are available for speaking engagements on subjects regarding: social media, multimedia, telling the beef story, advocacy, and digital platforms. Please email her for details: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can follow Lauren on Twitter @LaurenMSea.