Working for the University Star

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I spent my final semester at Texas State University working for the University Star.  The University Star was established by Fred Adams as a newspaper on campus in 1911.  While the Star still sends out a print edition twice a week, they are now focusing more heavily on their multimedia and online content.  They publish new stories almost every day.

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My time with the Star was a wonderful experience.  I met and had the chance to work with many wonderful, passionate, people.  Working for the University Star gave me the chance to explore my photography and videography in ways I had not explored them before.

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Matthew Olson, agriculture systems management junior, relaxes in the hammocks Oct. 4 outside the agriculture building.

The assignments I was given pushed me into situations I would not have normally put myself into.  As uncomfortable as I felt at times, it was a fantastic opportunity to learn and to grow.

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Shane Scott checks out his equipment on Nov. 22 as part of preproduction for his upcoming film.

I want to send out a special thank you to Bob Bajackson.  Bob is the faculty advisor to the University Star.  I contacted him about my interest in working the the Star and he welcomed me with open arms.  His passion for journalism is inspiring.  Because of Bob, I developed a new appreciation for the importance of a free and open press.

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Journalists need to be free to report what they see and experience. This freedom ensures that we, as a society, can have conversations about the events and decisions being made around us.  We need accurate and uncensored information to ensure we are knowledgeable when action needs to be taken.

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Sarah Kendzior, recreational therapy junior, finishes up an assignment Oct. 5 in the sunlight of Sewell Park.

I thought I would use this post to share some of the work I produced while working at the Star.  As much as I feel I improved in my time at the Star, I still feel like I have so much more to learn. I am proud of the work I produced.

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I am proud of how much I have grown in the process. I have already started work on several new projects and I look forward to sharing the results with you in the future!

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Kevin Walsh, agriculture education graduate student, turns over a compost pile Oct. 19 at Texas State’s composting facility.

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