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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!