I learned more about journalism at The State Press than I ever could have in any classroom. Actually doing the work instead of just learning about it was invaluable. I carry on today many of the lessons I learned there.
The camaraderie among the staff is what I remember most. We worked hard as a team, and looking back on the experience, I see that we were all teaching each other not just about good journalism, but how to work together in a pressure-filled, professional environment.
But who am I kidding? Have I mentioned all the parties? Some of them were absolutely the stuff of legend, and I’m still friends with many of those fellow student journalists/partygoers today. Let’s just say I’m grateful Facebook wasn’t around yet.
State Press reporter and city editor, 1999-2002