I try my best to mold myself into the people that I idolize so that I can live and do great things as they have. Though at some point, I realize that I need to be my own person and avoid comparing myself to others.
That is exactly the attitude that I tried to bring to this paper. Being the editor-in-chief gave me the opportunity to really be creative with what I wanted to see in the paper. It may have not seemed like the changes were big and monumental, but I was proud of what I did.
Being the editor taught me to be patient and organized when approaching a task. Sometimes the work got stressful and overwhelming, yet I knew that I had the skill set and the right people behind me to succeed.
At this particular time, journalism is constantly evolving and changing. It is morphing for better or worse. I would say that the old practices are the ones that enticed me to get into this field, yet I still love where news writing is going.
When I would tell people that I was majoring in journalism, many would jokingly say, “you know journalism is dying, right?” I always wanted to reply with angry sarcasm, but rather, I would simply say, “the money is not there, but it’s never going to die.”
I suppose that was my main goal as editor-in-chief: to remind people that journalism will never die.
I would sincerely like to thank all of my staff and everyone who helped and taught me along the way.
Hayden P. O’shea