Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Journalism experiences helped editor find self

When I first joined the paper, I had no idea what I was doing. I joined because my adviser told me I needed to join the newspaper, print magazine or online magazine.

My first semester after deciding to join Cardinal Points, I was a writer in the sports department with Zach Ripple as my editor, and to be honest, without him I wouldn’t be where I am today. My first couple articles were sloppy and didn’t flow well enough to be good stories, but Zach taught me what to do and made me a better writer.

My second semester here, the current news editor Maggie McVey asked me if I wanted to be her associate. I said, ‘Yes,’ and left the sports section to help her and learn about news writing.

This was a move in the right direction because it gave me a chance to work with one of my best friends and people I have so much to thank for. She gave me a chance to move up in the paper when I didn’t even know where I was going with it. If it wasn’t for her helping me move forward, I’m not sure where I would be today.

While I loved worked with Maggie and writing about the news on campus, there was always something pulling me back to the sports section, and I got my chance to go back, this time as sports editor.

I have been sports editor for a year now. I have worked late nights in the office, designed countless pages, written more stories than I ever thought I would and became a teacher to the new writers, like Zach was to me.

I was lucky enough to have two associates during my time as editor, Alex Reynolds and Bailey Carlin, who helped me through, and I have all the confidence in the world that Carlin will be a success in his new role when he takes over for me next year.

Zach and Brian Molongoski took over as the editor- in-chief and managing editor at the beginning of this year and have done great as a team. They have helped the paper to continue its success and helped me to become a better writer, editor and journalist as a whole, and I can’t thank them enough.

I am going to miss all of the current editors who I have spent most of my junior year with. To the graduating seniors, Zach, Brian, Brittany Shew and Amanda Velez, I am going to miss all of you and I hope you guys keep in touch. To the ones who are staying, I may not be an editor anymore, but I will still be in the office and copy editing.

Thank you to Cardinal Points as a whole for making my sophomore and junior years some of the happiest of my life, and to be honest, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

- Advertisment -

Latest

This Week in Photos: Track & Field

Kristen Boerke raises the bar during the high jump event last Saturday. The SUNY Plattsburgh team competed in its first event of the season Dec....

Men’s basketball falls to Bears

By Liam Sample The Plattsburgh State men’s basketball team lost their SUNYAC conference debut against The Potsdam Bears 84-80 Nov. 30 at Memorial Hall. In the...

Chancellor resigns

By Alana Penny State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras resigned Dec. 9, effective Jan. 14 2022. This came after both the Faculty Council...

Beat and bruised by Bears

By Garrett Collins The Cardinals returned home versus the Potsdam Bears in Memorial Hall Nov. 30. It was a game that grinded out to the...