As a green screen editor during my final year on the gazette stuff, I didn’t think there would be much left for me to learn in terms of technical things. But I was absolutely wrong. On the New York trip at the CSPA Convention, I learned an immense amount of information on how to improve our newspaper during an on-site critique. The most valuable critique we received was how to make The Gazette more visually appealing to readers, which I took with a stride and implemented in future green screen editions of the paper. For example, I learned that illustrations are not as effective as an actual photograph and can be an unnecessary waste of space. After hearing that from the critic, I, along with the rest of the editors, began going out and taking more pictures for our pages and engaging in more active journalism.
This year I chose to branch out and write more news stories which helped get my writing onto A1. An article I wrote covering Every 15 Minutes was the article I took most pride in this year. It was a slightly controversial view of E15M since the overall question in the article was whether the program actually has an affect on the students. I enjoyed writing this piece because I personally had a general curiosity about the topic as well. The only thing I would have done differently is I would have talked to the interviewees in person had it been possible, since digital interviews are not always the best quality. I would have likely received much more emotional responses on this particular topic if I had interviewed them face-to-face.
I will be graduating this coming Saturday and then will be headed to UC Berkeley in the fall. I definitely did not ever expect be typing those last five words but it’s happening. I plan to pursue communications and media studies at Cal and hopefully get an MBA after college. The overall goal is to potentially get into the communications management side of large corporations. I would also like to write and edit for the Daily Cal in college.
The criticism can be rough the first one or two issues, but once you get the hang of it, I promise you’ll really get into the class like we all did. Journalism can be really rewarding, but also really disheartening at times. My biggest piece of advice is to go with your gut when you are writing/editing something and always, always ask your editors for help if you need it. That’s what they’re there for.