Coming into The Eastern Echo offices at the start of my freshman year at Eastern Michigan University, I could never have imagined how big a part of my life The Echo would become.
Through positions as an opinions columnist, podcast editor, managing editor, and editor-in-chief, The Echo has taught me more real-life journalism than any class. The work has given me the needed experience to obtain opportunities and connections to further my career and has allowed me to meet and work with amazing people.
I have learned an immense amount of multimedia skills including audio production, scriptwriting, social media management, editing, and writing journalism stories on a plethora of topics.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Echo lost a lot of writers, as well as the sense of community between the staff and with the campus. A big goal of mine was to bring the family aspect of The Echo back – and I believe that was accomplished.
I have loved spending my Sundays in King Hall up late designing the print editions with other great people who are passionate about The Echo.
Moving forward, I am confident that the incoming editorial team will do a great job in continuing to improve the quality of The Echo.
Filling my position as editor-in-chief is Marie White, the current content editor who has been an enormous help this year, working hard to strengthen the publication’s guidelines and plan our Student Media Gala. I am greatly thankful for her along with the rest of the editors and advisor Christine Uthoff, all who have helped the publication grow and thrive this year.
As I graduate, I am the saddest about saying goodbye to my second home – King Hall, The Echo publication, and all of the people involved.
As a student-run newspaper focused on providing content to Ypsilanti and EMU’s campus, I hope the community continues to support us.
Thank you to The Eastern Echo and Eastern Michigan University for altering my life for the better.
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