Get to know Sara Meadows, your new editor-in-chief

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Eddie Okosi                                            
Staff Writer

“Don’t be afraid because it is so important to love what you do in life. Work hard and you will be amazed at the opportunities that will come your way.” Photo courtesy of Sara Meadows/The Gateway

Sara Meadows is your new Editor-in-Chief of The Gateway — the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s official student newspaper publication. Meadows’ tenure will run through the 2022-2023 school year. To celebrate a new era of The Gateway, Sara was given an opportunity to answer some rapid fire questions about her life and journey regarding journalism.

Eddie: Do you have any pets?
Sara: I have two cats and two dogs at my mom’s house, but I plan to get my own cat this year!

Eddie: If you could be anyone for a day, who would you be?
Sara: I would be Taylor Swift, mainly because I have always wanted to sing in front of a large crowd.

Eddie: Favorite current album?
Sara: Right now, it would be “For Broken Ears” by Tems.

Eddie: What are you currently reading?
Sara: It is called “The Inner Work” by Matthew Micheletti.

Eddie: What wallpaper describes you?
Sara: Something blue, my favorite color!

Eddie: What is one food you could eat every day?
Sara: Pizza!

Eddie: Favorite movie?
Sara: Right now, it is “Purple Hearts” on Netflix.

Eddie: What would be your theme song?
Sara: “Free Mind” – Tems

Eddie: Is there a pivotal moment when you knew journalism was the field you wanted to go into?
Sara: I honestly had no idea what field I wanted to go into when first starting at UNO. It was not until I was a contributor for The Gateway that I found this hidden talent I had for journalism. It felt natural for me to be writing stories and I knew I finally found what I am passionate about.

Eddie: Is Journalism the end goal for you?
Sara: I would say yes, because no matter what I do in life I know I want to tell a story. Whether it is my own or someone else’s, I love being able to express myself through writing.

Eddie: How did you find out that you were the next editor-in-chief and how did you feel?
Sara: I got a phone call, and I immediately started crying happy tears. This is such a pivotal moment in my life, it was a rush of pure happiness, and I felt so proud of myself.

Eddie: With this new role as editor-in-chief, who have you looked to for guidance? Is there a past/present editor-in-chief of any publication that you have turned to for inspiration?
Sara: My aunt, Janet Thomas! She previously worked for American Airlines for 25 years as the editor-in-chief of their in-flight magazine. Seeing her picture and name listed above a story in the magazine was so cool to me and I wanted to follow in her footsteps.

Eddie: What do you want to say with this new role that you have; what do you plan to bring to The Gateway?
Sara: I want to say how thankful I am to have this opportunity; The Gateway holds a special place in my heart and I am really excited to see everything the team accomplishes this year. I plan to bring new ideas to The Gateway. I also plan to bring a strong sense of leadership. We have a wonderful team this year, so I am really excited to watch us shine.

Eddie: Before becoming editor-in-chief, what were those moments in your journalism journey that you will never forget?
Sara: One thing I will always remember is my very first interview as a contributor for The Gateway. I was so nervous before it, but then as I was listening to their story, I realized I loved it. It’s a really special opportunity to be able to tell someone else’s story.

Eddie: What are the most important lessons you have learned to get where you are today?
Sara: I have learned that growth takes a lot of hard work but in the end, it is always worth it. You really can do anything you set your mind to, no matter how challenging it may be.

Eddie: Could you see yourself being an editor-in-chief for a big publication later down the line?
Sara: Absolutely. I hope to work for a well-known publication in a bigger city somewhere down the line.

Eddie: Has journalism always been a part of your life?
Sara: No, but writing has. I have written songs before and creative pieces. I have always been a writer even at an early age, but I’m also a news junkie at heart.

Eddie: Besides journalism, do you have any other passions in life?
Sara: Music! I sing and play guitar. I love being able to creatively express myself.

Eddie: What is your dream job?
Sara: My dream job is to become a travel journalist or a music journalist. I know I want to travel the world and write about it, and music has always been a huge part of my life so it would be nice to have the best of both worlds.

Eddie: You have the coveted position as editor-in-chief. Do you have any advice for anyone who is afraid to work toward what they want in life?
Sara: Don’t be afraid because it is so important to love what you do in life. Work hard and you will be amazed at the opportunities that will come your way.

Eddie: What’s next after this position as editor-in-chief?
Sara: I plan to start applying for jobs a few months before graduation. I hope to work at a local news station or do public relations for a local nonprofit.

Eddie: What kind of leader would you describe yourself as?
Sara: I am a big believer in teamwork, and I really love working with all the talented staff at The Gateway.

Eddie: To you, what makes writing so powerful or significant? What do you like to say with your writing?
Sara: I like adding emotion to my writing when I can. I am good at picking out the perfect quotes to use in a story. Writing is so powerful because it tells a story that would be difficult to tell with just spoken words — especially in books — authors are extremely descriptive, and they can add true emotion.

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