Saying goodbye to my 2nd home

For the past three years there has been one constant in my life: The Shorthorn.

In my time there I met my future wife, I worked in almost every role and I made a lot of friends.

While it is weird to say I’m leaving, it really is about time.

The Start

In the fall of 2014, I stepped into The Shorthorn newsroom for the first time as an employee.

I was a half-decent reporter starting off on the crime and safety beat. I was able to cover some breaking news and wrote about some interesting issues.

One semester later and I moved up to being the associate news editor. In that position I was able to help coach newer reporters.

I had my ups and downs while I was on the news desk and eventually decided to move on to something more in line with my tastes.

New Desk

I changed gears and moved over to The Shorthorn’s version of a multimedia desk. It’s the equivalent of a photo/video desk. (I learned later most places’ multimedia desks are quite different.)

I had some interesting assignments thrown at me while I was a photographer. I covered presidential campaigns and the aftermath of a police shooting.

It took me a year before I felt confident enough to lead the desk.

Hard Times

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Photo by Marangeli Lopez

When the spring 2017 semester started, I was in a new position again. As the digital managing editor I was second in command of the newsroom. I trained up new people and tried to hold myself and other people together when our editor-in-chief was suddenly gone.

I took full control of the newsroom sometime in April and have been the EIC ever since. It has been a hell of a ride, but I’m glad to have made some kind of mark.

It is time for the new students to come in to The Shorthorn. 

Now, I’ll be walking the stage and moving to Indianapolis with my lovely fiancée to start the next phase of my life. I don’t know what will happen in the future, but I know I’ll always have a piece of The Shorthorn with me.

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