Passing the Baton: Editor hands over reigns, prepares for new job as copy editor

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I can’t believe it’s been a year, and I am wrapping up my job as editor-in-chief of the Gateway. It’s been a whirlwind year, with its fair share of ups and downs, but acting at the helm of this publication has been one of the more thrilling adventures I’ve had during my college career.
When I started this job, I was both scared and hesitant- two qualities not needed to meet the demands of a deadline-driven job. In order to successfully run the Gateway, I had to forfeit much my involvement with my fraternity. I had just finished a term as vice-president and had to step down from any executive position in Pi Kappa Alpha. My first two papers were both more than 30 pages, and I have never felt so underprepared for anything in my life.
Twelve months later, and I’m still alive. And I’m addicted to the Gateway. From working with an amazing staff to chasing stories, it’s been an honor to call this paper my home. While I’d like to think that I did a fine job as editor, I guess it’s up to you, the readers, to make that final call.
Over the past year, we’ve accomplished a few things that have made this year worthwhile, I suppose.  We’ve rebranded the paper to have a more professional appearance, created a new website that will launch this summer, celebrated 100 years of bringing news to the campus with both a party and a special edition, recruited more reporters to our lengthy contributors lists, told both informative and entertaining stories in print and made more than enough mistakes.
Being editor isn’t glamorous, and it’s not always fun.  Students are quick to pounce on you when errors appear in print and pressure to improve the publication comes from all departments across campus. This isn’t my full-time job; I’m also a student, a fact that many who critique the paper seem to forget.  Nevertheless, it’s been both exhilarating and rewarding to serve as editor. I’m leaving this publication with a staff that became my second family, a sense of accomplishment, a belief that I did indeed improve not hamper the growth of the Gateway and enough clippings to keep my portfolio full for years.
I’ll leave this office for the last time as editor this week with a bittersweet taste in my mouth. I’m beyond relieved that the stress is over, but there are more stories I’d like to tell, more things I would’ve liked to implement this past year. I’m handing over this paper to one of the best student journalists I’ve had the pleasure of working with, Nick Beaulieu, the current sports editor. With both his eye for detail and ability to see the bigger picture, Beaulieu has talent brimming from him and the organization to keep a staff of more than 10 editors in check. I have full confidence that he has what is needed to run this paper.
I will graduate this December with a degree in journalism, so UNO isn’t rid of me yet. To continue at the Gateway, I will stay on next semester as a copy editor. Readers, you surely haven’t seen the last of me.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed this past year of the Gateway, read a story or two that has helped you connect to this university and had the fortitude to be able to forgive us for any mistakes we may have made, I’m sure there have been plenty. It’s been a whirlwind of a year, one that I’ll look back at with both humility and pride.

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