What a semester it’s been!

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By Stephen Cook

I don’t know if it’s just me, but it seems that with each month time goes by faster and faster. Although a lot has happened this semester,  it seems like it has just flown by in a matter of days!

Although these last four issues as editor-in-chief have gone quickly, I’ve learned a lot about myself and newspaper production and journalism as well.

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a presentation by Maria Antonia and Tim Twyman, who were chosen as the recipients of the college’s Headline Award. One piece of thought-provoking advice that I took away is that you should never be satisfied with your work as a journalist. You should never become comfortable or grow to become attached to a certain piece, thinking that it is perfect. The truth is that there is always room for improvement.

Although I may be happy with the overall way a story or an issue comes out, I do always feel that there is a way that we can advance and become better.

This semester, though there have been rough patches and challenges along the way, I feel that we have succeeded. I say we, because I am referring to the entire staff of the Campus Ledger. This paper would be impossible to produce if it wasn’t for the combined efforts  and hard work of everybody listed on page 10.

I am happy to announce that I will be returning as the editor-in-chief of the Campus Ledger for the 2013-14 academic year. Looking at next year I only plan on us getting better as a publication, with each of us learning  how to improve and be the best journalists we can be.

No matter how crazy things may get, each time I sit down to write an article or interview somebody, I remember why I am into journalism in the first place. I enjoy writing because I enjoy telling the stories of individuals around campus. The best part about my job is constantly getting to meet new people and learn new things.

No matter how many stories you write, there is always something else to discover and take away from the experience.

I am incredibly grateful for this position and am greatly looking forward to next year. I’ll see you in the fall!

Contact Stephen Cook, editor-in-chief, at scook35@jccc.edu

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