My first newspaper job was in 1997 when I worked as the sports editor for a small twice-weekly community newspaper in Missouri.
But I wasn’t just covering sports. The paper’s editorial staff was the news editor and myself, so that meant we both had a lot of work to do.
In addition to sports, I covered the local school district and general assignment news reporting.
The work was hard, and we spent long hours reporting, writing, copyediting, shooting photos, processing film and designing the paper along with many special editions. I learned a lot in a short amount of time. But more importantly, I found community journalism.
Local newspapers serve as the nervous system for the community – informing, connecting and bringing people together.
The student newspaper is the nervous system for the campus community, so I feel so fortunate to serve as a student newspaper adviser. I get to share my experience and knowledge with students who are genuinely interested in finding ways to educate and engage the campus community.
And we have a lot of fun.
The Agora is open to all students, so come see for yourself.
Shoot me an email and let’s get to work: firstname.lastname@example.org.