Editor’s reflection on the semester

I’m a sports guy – anyone who knows me is aware of this. With that said, I had some apprehensions when the spring semester began and I was the editor in chief of The Houstonian, I didn’t know what I had gotten myself into.

I wasn’t sure I would know what to do when it came to assigning stories and deciding what would go where in the paper. I must say, I learned a lot over the last four months.

First of all, I learned that The Houstonian is not just a “student” paper, it is a campus paper run by students. I have tried my best to keep this in mind when it came time to assign stories.

Often times I didn’t think a story was a big deal for me, but it was a big deal for faculty and staff at SHSU, making it important enough to be front-page news. As a staff, we have attempted to make The Houstonian campus friendly, and I hope the trend will continue in the future.

Another thing I learned was that it’s not always easy to work for the school paper. A lot of people have the idea that The Houstonian is a public relations forum for whatever is important to them. Making the decision as to what went in and what was left out resulted in phone calls and e-mails, some good, some bad.

I learned there are some bridges to be built after years of disagreement with different departments. The staff and I have tried to do our best to rebuild those contacts so this newspaper can be a quality service to SHSU.

The most important thing I leaned from my semester as editor in chief is that I want to remain a sports guy. I realized why I wanted to be in sports to begin with and why I should stay there.

Although I am going to be the editor during the summer, I have to take a moment to thank my staff for the spring semester.

Jennifer Gauntt, you have been a great managing editor and as much as you say and we tease you, we really couldn’t have done this without you. Thank you for all of your hard work, insight and good luck down the winding road of journalism.

To my copy editor, Jennifer Hostutler and copy editor/layout editor Misty Foster, we have had some late nights finishing off the paper, but all of them were worth it. The conversations the three of us and Cody had will never be forgotten.

Cody Stark, you have done a pretty good job filling in the shoes I left behind as sports editor. Our trip to Tampa for the NCAA Tournament was a trip of a lifetime. Good luck next year.

Staff reporters Lauren Sallee, Stephen Payne and Kyle Crouch, without your work we wouldn’t have had a paper. Thank you for being reliable throughout the semester.

Entertainment editor Eric Barton, you provided entertainment in the office for sure. You will do a great job next year.

Daphne, I wish you the best of luck in the fall. You have put in many hours of work at The Houstonian I’m sure you will do great as editor next year.

Matthew Normand and Stefanie Jones, as photographers, you provide us with the pictures that tell the stories in the paper. Thank you both for putting up with some of the bizarre assignments we gave you.

Marissa Morrison and Travis Schiebel, thank you both for going above and beyond the call of duty. Marissa, you did great work and many times contributed more than one story per issue, which was a great help. Travis, thanks for your photography help; you provided us with great shots when we needed some extra help.

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