Taylor Seely is an Arizona-born journalist with a curious mind and entrepreneurial spirit. Her first journalism stint began in fifth grade, when she gathered a group of her school friends, published a magazine on Microsoft Word and sold it around her neighborhood for a whopping $55. She then went on to write for the Scottsdale-based publication, “AZTeen Mag” in high school.
Seely took full advantage of the Walter Cronkite School’s entrepreneurial amenities during her four years. She has written for The Arizona Republic, Downtown Devil, Arizona Foothills Magazine, College Times, City Sun Times, The East Valley Tribune and more. She has covered a diverse range of topics, from Arizona’s philanthropic scene to local refugee organizations, to reports on new restaurant openings and interviews with professional athletes like Larry Fitzgerald.
Seely’s passion project was the creation Contentment Magazine, which she began in January of 2016. Contentment is an interactive digital publication for young women that discusses fulfilled, joyful living in an in-depth and thoughtful way.
Seely grew the publication in Cronkite’s New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab and via mentorship through Arizona State University’s Venture Devils program, which she was admitted to in January 2017. Three months later, Seely was awarded $2,000 in funding from a startup competition to launch her publication.
At graduation, Seely was inducted into the Kau Tappa Alpha honors society, which inducts only the top 10 percent of graduating students. She also won the Student Innovator of the Year award for her work on Contentment.