It’s been real, it’s been fun: four years at the Gateway

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It’s almost over. Both my university experience and my time with the Gateway. It’s hard to believe I’ve been doing this for four years, but time flies when you’re working your ass off.

In 2010, when I started out at this job, I had no idea what I was getting into. I’d never worked on a newspaper before, had never edited anything other than my own papers and wasn’t even a Journalism major. I’m going into I.T., for crying out loud! What was I thinking?

Well, four years and many, many editorial staff changes later, I can finally give an honest answer to that question.

I still have no idea.

I took the job because it sounded fun, and I wanted to get involved with campus life. Also, I thought it would be a good way to make a few bucks and get some writing cred. I was right about all that – working at the Gateway, while it hasn’t been a bed of roses every time, has always been fun. Otherwise why do it, right?

Over the past four years, I’ve been privileged to work alongside some really good writers and professional editors, many of whom I’m still in contact with and who I count among my closest friends. So today, I’d like to use up some column space sending some shout-outs to the chiefs I’ve worked with, laughed with and occasionally argued with, but all of whom I’ve outlasted on staff (in your faces!).

Just kidding. The editor-in-chief job is the hardest on staff, and few students have the patience and time to stay in it more than one or two semesters. My job’s been easy by comparison.

But anyway. I know everyone on my list still reads the paper, so let’s get to it.

To Emily Johnson, who brought me into the world of journalism and showed me how it’s done, thank you for everything. We worked long hours back in those days, and sometimes didn’t make it home until well into the morning (I can remember dragging myself home at 2:00 a.m., knowing you were STILL there), but it was worth it.

To Jasmine Maharisi – I liked you the minute I met you, and I knew then you’d kick ass. I was right – we made a lot of changes, and got the paper going in new directions. Of course, some of those were imposed on us, but we made it work. And for the record, you’re not the worst person in the world.

To Kelsey Jochum – you proved that a chief doesn’t have to be loud and brash to get the job done. Your quiet, calm style will always serve you well. Still waters run deep, don’t ever forget it!

Nate Tenopir – what can I say? Filling both the sports and chief slots couldn’t have been easy, especially in your senior year, but you rocked it, man. We didn’t always agree politically, but we always had good times.

And last, but certainly not least, Sean Robinson. I feel kind of guilty, since this year I haven’t been nearly as “present” in the office as in previous years. You’ve led a – ahem – unique crew this year, one as burdened with talent as they are with enthusiasm. I love the direction the paper has gone. You’ve added your own flair to the production and design, and I know it’ll carry over into the future, and you’ll take that wherever you go.

If I’ve left anyone out, it wasn’t on purpose, believe me. It’s been a great four years, but sadly, all good things must come to an end. Besides, my kids want normal Sundays again.

And there’s always grad school, so maybe I’ll be back!

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