The confessions of a senior staff writer
When people find out I’m a member of The Howler, many of them ask what I do. Am I a page editor? Photographer? Cartoonist? Layout editor? Copy editor?
Often, they are confused to find out that I’m a senior and a staff writer.
I took Journalism my junior year, putting me in the running to take a starting position at the newspaper as a staff writer. But since I would be a senior when I started in the paper, I knew I wouldn’t have time to move up and become an editor. But moving up the ladder wasn’t why I decided to join The Howler.
In a world where journalists are in more peril of having their credibility stolen than ever before, I saw my work as a staff writer to be crucial to the backbone of the paper. I wanted to preserve the integrity of what I believe news is: finding, interpreting and reporting the truth. When an editor gave me a story, I knew that as a staff writer, I would have the freedom to take it in infinite directions—deciding what really needed to be said and saying it in a way that emphasized its importance.
You’ll find that even as a second semester senior, I haven’t withdrawn my efforts as a staff writer. I believe that my job is just as important now as it was back in August, and I believe that whoever takes my place will have the privilege of knowing just how vital they are to the core of student journalism. At least, I hope so.