Julia Davis

Multimedia Journalist

Boston, MA

Julia Davis

Dynamic journalist motivated by curiosity, interested in creating compelling, educational scientific and political journalism.



Becoming Roxie: For Jason Seaba, drag replaced self-doubt

It may be 2017, but tonight drag queen Roxie Mess is channeling her inner ’80s superstar. From the moment she takes the stage, she controls the crowd at Studio 13, the only gay bar in Iowa City. Taylor Dayne’s “Tell It To My Heart” blasts through the speakers. Roxie struts on stage in a skin-tight, neon orange dress with pink frills and huge blonde hair that seems to take up more space than her actual head.
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Iowa City’s Sudanese community navigates Trump’s travel ban rhetoric

A look into how a community of immigrants has responded to anti-immigration rhetoric and actions of President Trump
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Iowans With Critical Mental Health Illness Struggle In System Called A ‘Crisis’ And ‘Failing Iowans’

Individuals with severe mental health needs are falling through the cracks of Iowa's redesigned care system.
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For women in tech, speaking out against sexual harassment is a numbers game

A historic shift is underway as women step forward to share stories of sexual harassment and assault by powerful men in Hollywood, politics and the media. But the technology industry, one of the most male-dominated fields, has not seen the same pattern of women coming forward and men who take advantage of positions of power being held accountable for their actions.
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Spacecraft Juno Nails Jupiter Orbit in Advance of 20 Months of Exploration

After a five-year, 1.7-billion-mile journey, the Juno spacecraft entered into its target orbit around Jupiter yesterday at 11:53 pm Eastern time. It arrived almost exactly on schedule, within one second of what mission control had been predicted. “NASA did it again,” said Scott Bolton, the scientist in charge of the Juno project, in a news conference afterward at the California Institute of Technology’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where the mission is being directed.

X-Ray Vision Archaeology Reveals Holocaust Escape Tunnel

Seventy years ago, Vilnius, Lithuania, was known as the Jerusalem of Lithuania—a bustling town home to more than 100,000 Jews at its peak. But then it all vanished. In three years during the Holocaust, 95% of Lithuanian Jews were killed. But hidden within this tragedy is a story of hope and courage that archeologists are just now bringing to light.

Coffee Consumption No Longer Linked to Cancer

The World Health Organization released a report last week stating that coffee is no longer believed to be linked to an increased risk in cancer—it may even decrease risk of certain types of cancers. The change marks a rare reversal for the organization, which in 1991 described coffee as “possibly carcinogenic,” linking it with increased risk of bladder cancer.

Home in the heartland: Sudanese Americans in Iowa City hold on to their heritage while embracing new lives

From the busy street of Mormon Trek Boulevard in Iowa City, the Pheasant Ridge Apartment Complex looks like an assortment of dull brick and tan-sided units plopped down in seemingly random locations around the block. Drive in just a few hundred feet, however, and the neighborhood is buzzing. This is the heart of Iowa City’s Sudanese American community.
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Capturing Culture With a Camera

In 2015, nearly everyone has a camera in their back pocket. Is there still a need to employ photographers? David Guttenfelder, an Iowa native who grew up in Waukee and was named Time’s 2013 Instagram photographer of the year for his coverage of everyday life in North Korea, says 'yes.' Good photographers just have to integrate cell phone camera into their professional work.
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What to do when a source asks to review your story

Most journalists, at one time or another, have run into the problem of having a source who wants to read your story before publication. Sometimes it’s hard to know how to respond, how much to disclose and how to treat your source respectfully without violating journalistic ethics. We talked to Pulitzer Prize-winning former investigative journalist Stephen Berry, author of “Watchdog Journalism: The Art of Investigative Reporting,” about how to handle this situation.
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Science journalism: making the complicated sound simple

Writing about science can be difficult. It involves explaining extremely complicated concepts in a straightforward way so that people without a science background can understand it. Good science writing starts the moment you pick a story. It requires preparation and attention to detail, so that you end up with a story that’s both clear and compelling.
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The fine art of attraction

Many art students tell China Daily that the flexibility of foreign university programs make fine arts education abroad very attractive. A special entrance exam is required to get into an art university in China. It can take nearly two years of preparation. Meanwhile, international fine arts programs simply require a portfolio and a letter of interest, which many Chinese students find much more achievable.
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Julia Davis

I am currently majoring in journalism at the University of Iowa, with a focus in sustainability and political science. So far in pursuit of my degree, I have made sure to enrich my academic life with work experiences that have allowed me to grow as a journalist.

Over the past four years as a student I’ve had many different journalistic experiences, from producing live talk shows on Iowa Public Radio, to launching social media campaigns for a prominent teenage magazine in London, to writing daily science news articles for NOVA.

Through these experiences I’ve become particularly passionate about political and scientific journalism. I think the ability to effectively communicate complicated ideas to the public is crucial to having a politically literate public, as well as having scientific discoveries gain the recognition they deserve.

I tend to be an adaptable person, as evidenced by the variety of internships and jobs I’ve had over the past few years. I am open to different experiences, learning new skills, and being placed in difficult situations. Even separate from the realm of journalism, I have been keen to try things outside my comfort zone, such as teaching primary school in Uganda for five months or working for a public transportation lobbying firm.



  • Audio Editing
  • Science Writing
  • Research
  • Interviewing
  • AP Style
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Social Media