Working for the University Star


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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