A last word from the editor-in-chief

By Lyndsey Hewitt in Opinons

May 3, 2012

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I remember being a shy freshman in the beginning of my career at Lock Haven University, a business major at the time, not having any idea what I wanted to do with myself.  I didn’t particularly enjoy my major but I didn’t really have any idea what on earth I would change it to.

I knew I loved taking pictures and I enjoyed writing, but I wasn’t sure how I would implement that into any realistic career choice that would make me successful. I was told constantly that I needed to choose a major where I’d “make a lot of money.”

I decided to attend a career fair held by the university to get some ideas. There, the Eagle Eye had a booth set up to talk to students. I was nervous, but decided to talk to the editors about taking photos. They were more than welcoming.

I started going to events and taking pictures. I hadn’t fully grasped the idea of what “journalism” really was at this point. I had never been exposed to journalism before or had any prior interest in it at all.

All I knew was that after seeing my first photo published with my name in print, I was hooked. Shortly after, the editors asked me if I could write. I had no idea how to write like a journalist, but I tried. The editors helped me with AP style and reporting, and it didn’t take long for me to get the hang of things.

After a while, I decided it was time to change my major to something I think I could really love, Communication Media. With this major, I could take pictures and write as much as my heart desired.

The Eagle Eye has truly served as the catalyst for my current path in life. If the university didn’t have a newspaper, I may still have been stuck as a business major doing something I hated.

The Eagle Eye has given me so much: experience, endless portfolio contents, connections. But most importantly, great friends.

I’ve never been so happy and feel truly honored to have worked with such amazing people over the years. I’ve learned something new from each and every single person I’ve worked with on the Eagle Eye.

There have been good days and nights, and equally bad ones, laughs and cries (literally), but we’ve come through strong. Most importantly, we’ve learned so much.

Journalists aren’t lying when they say that they are truly passionate about their job and love every second of it, because we really do. We’re proud of the work we do and the publications that we create.

I’ve met friends because of the Eagle Eye that I hope to have for the rest of my life.  Inside the newsroom and outside, we have made some fantastic memories, and I’m very sad to see some of them go. The end of an academic year is always bittersweet. People graduate, the staff changes, people move on.

Though I do not graduate until December, I will be saying goodbye to my position as Editor-in-Chief of The Eagle Eye. It is time to give another person the opportunity to fulfill the position, and I’m confident in my decision to appoint Erin Tierney as the new Editor-in-Chief for the 2012-2013 year.

She’s fun, quirky and endlessly creative. She will give the newspaper a new face to fit her ideas, just as I did. I wish her the best of luck in leading a new staff. I’m sure great things are to come for Lock Haven’s student newspaper.

As an end note, I would like to thank each and every person that helped make the Eagle Eye what it is today; including former editors, current editors and our adviser, Dr. Stringer. It has been a struggle at times, but the paper has improved significantly in the last year. Thank you all for always putting forth your best, despite having such a large workload outside of the newsroom. You are all fantastic people who are capable of so much and will do great things in the future!

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