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Amanda "AJ" McDougall

Staff Writer, Columbia Spectator

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I've written longform investigative articles and personal essays for the Daily Spectator (Princeton Review #1 Best College Newspaper), and entertainment pieces for Backstage Magazine and E!.

Portfolio
Columbia Daily Spectator
First, Advise No Harm: The Open, Closed, and Revolving Doors of Columbia's Socially Responsible...

ACSRI has remained consistent in its policies and makeup over the last two decades, Anne Sullivan and Merritt Fox, ACSRI's current non-voting administrative supervisor and chair, respectively, told The Eye. Later, Sullivan characterized the Committee as a "very deliberate body:" "They take their role very seriously," she says, "I think, feel the weight of being representative of the broader university community."

Backstage
11/19/2018
Why Every Actor Should Study Puppetry

Puppetry, from Big Bird, to the velociraptors in "Jurassic Park," to the wings on the Angel in "Angels in America," tells stories. If you got into theater, film, or television because you felt you have a story to tell, and an ability to manifest that story, a puppet can be your next tool.

Columbia Daily Spectator
Inside the Pigeon-Eat-Pigeon World of Hall Council Politics

"THE MCBAIN FACADE IS UNSTABLE AND UNSAFE," the poster read. Then, in bold underline: "SO AM I." Dozens of these posters would soon be hung in strategic locations in and around McBain. But for now, I was just another student gingerly picking gum off the underside of my sneaker outside of Lewisohn in late September.

Columbia Daily Spectator
Because we can

The state of the debate on the right to free speech is, at best, contentious right now. (At worst, it's a shitshow.) It's not just the guy declaring, "It's a free country, bro!" as a thinly veiled excuse to be -ist or -phobic anymore.

Columbia Daily Spectator
Starr's Wars: Episode 1

Welcome to the third season of The Ear, The Eye 's podcast dedicated to documenting, detailing, and excavating Columbia's history! This week's episode is the first in a two-part series about the historical role of chaplains at Columbia. Reporter AJ McDougall investigates the legacies of John D.

Columbia Daily Spectator
Brave New World: Watching the Olympics at College

I didn't even know they were coming. Like the one freak sunny day in February, I stumbled into them by accident, completely unaware that other people had been anticipating them for weeks.

E! Online
06/17/2019
6 Defining Moments of This Year's E3 Expo (That Weren't Games or Demos)

Christian Petersen/Getty Images If anyone saw anything walking into E3 today on Pico please let me know. My car is (was?) a black Nissan 370Z. It was parked a block and a half from the convention center in front of the Starbucks/Robek's on the right-hand side. Stolen from 9:15AM to 11:30AM.

Columbia Daily Spectator
Disconnected from death

There's a lot I can tell you about my golden retriever. He was fluffy, flopsy, and dumb as a box of rocks. That was a symptom of being a purebreed. Another symptom was that he suffered from epileptic seizures. That, eventually, was the reason for his passing.

Backstage
06/15/2018
Strap on Your Cape: These 5 Superhero Projects are Casting Right Now

Whether you're most excited for "Ant-Man and the Wasp," "Incredibles 2," or Marvel's summer TV releases "Cloak and Dagger" and "Luke Cage," we've put together a roundup of exciting new projects-short film, web series, and television-featuring superheroes of all types.