Student Story: Meagan Clark
Clark Leads the Empire State Tribune
After a mere two months of accepting the Editor in Chief position of the Empire State Tribune, I discovered that leading a newspaper requires less writing and editing skills than the ability to inspire students to pursue a common goal.
The student body hardly respected our efforts last year to resurrect the Tribune. So our main goal for the 2011-2012 academic year is to assert our legitimacy as the official student newspaper of The Kingís College. To do this, we needed to reorganize our structure. I quickly realized how much preparation publications require: creating usernames for reporters, a master list of content for each week, and recruiting reporters, social media facilitators, editors, webmasters, etc. to name a few.
In the process, Iíve learned the importance of forming genuine relationships, of delegating tasks to those most apt for them, and of communicating effectively to each individual staff member. Iíve felt the weight of responsibility when Iíve accepted reportersí mistakes as my own. Iíve realized that the most important thing I can do for the Tribune is prepare for next year to be even greater than this year and for the next Editor in Chief to carry our vision one step closer to completion.
This year, our steps are publishing Monday through Saturday, incorporating multimedia, and tweeting live updates. Iíve taken what inspires me and offered it to our staff Ė new additions this year include a reporter and editor practicum, networking with the World Journalism Institute to bring professionals to campus, and attending public journalism events around the city which included Columbia and NYU this week. In a few more semesters, the Empire State Tribune could well become the weekly newspaper for Midtown and the Empire State Building. And that is the exciting vision that our reporters are now working toward.
The more Iíve unpacked my vision for the Tribune, the more Iíve realized that if Kingís is to take its mission statement seriously, we need to provide students with the opportunity and training to influence the media. Thanks to the Tribune, Iíve grown more confident in not only my journalism abilities, but also in my leadership skills.
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