Reflection Essay (Fall 2016)
1. What I have learned on the Gazette staff this year?
My first year as an editor has taught me a lot about patience, leadership and the importance of teamwork. At first, I had some trouble being direct and firm when communicating to the rookie writers about deadlines, but as the semester progressed, I became more confident in my abilities to give constructive criticism. I also learned that it is okay to ask for help- especially on deadline night. The co-editors were always very friendly and eager to assist me in any way possible.
2. An analysis of a specific piece of work (what you did, how it worked out, what you’d do differently, etc.)
This year, I made my first page illustration. It was a tree with breast cancer ribbons of various colors and sizes for leaves. I spent hours and hours perfecting the shape and appearance of the tree, and I was really proud of the final product. Since then, I have done a few more illustrations, and I hope to create more complex ones in the future.
3. Goals/plans for the future (whether you’re graduating or not, whether you’re returning to the Gazette staff or not)
I will be returning to the staff in the spring of 2016 as a features editor again. I plan to apply to be a co-editor my senior year (2017-2018). I hope to improve on my page design and illustrating skills as well as my journalistic writing level.
4. Advice for newbies.
My advice to new staff members would be to take the class seriously but also have fun. If you put a lot of effort into your stories and pages, I guarantee you will see huge improvements in both your writing skills and your design skills. The best part of being a part of the Gazette squad is feeling like every person on the staff is my family.