The CU Independent is the voice of the student body at the University of Colorado Boulder. As one of the first student newspapers in the country, the staff decided to function as an online-only news source a few years ago and has been working hard ever since to live up to the full multimedia potential that this step offered. After I started the first semester of my master’s program at CU in August 2013, I quickly got involved with the CU Independent. I started working as a guest contributor, taught freshmen writers news reporting and ethics basics, and began helping the broadcast editor to improve an existing weekly newscast.
In January 2014 I moved up the ladder and took over the copy desk at the CUI, leading a team of three copy editors while still holding training sessions for new reporters throughout the semester.
And in May 2014, I was appointed managing editor. I started leading a staff of approximately 50 undergraduate students, overseeing the website’s news, sports and opinion coverage, running special projects, representing the publication in journalism school meetings and inviting professionals from across the country to give presentations to our staff.
Click on the headlines to read some of the stories I wrote myself.
Oct. 14, 2014: Editorial: Why YOU need to vote this fall
Sept. 13, 2014: “Valley Uprising”: Climbing Yosemite’s El Capitan
Aug. 28, 2014: Senator Udall visits CU on campaign trail (The story won a 2015 SPJ Region 9 Mark of Excellence Award in Online News Reporting)
Feb. 14, 2014: Eric Larsen: The long way to tweeting atop Mount Everest