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Being in the Know: Working in College Newspapers

How do you plan to find out all about the cool things going on at and near your college campus? If you're as addicted to the Internet as most college students, then I have an idea of what your answer might be. However, I highly recommend looking into your college newspaper and bookmarking their online presence on your computer. And if you have a knack for writing and an interest in news, sports, entertainment or opinion reporting, you can enjoy knowing about events, concerts and guest speakers coming to your campus before anyone else. In fact, there are few better ways of being "in-the-know" than working at your college's newspaper.

During my first two semesters of college, I was in so much of a hurry trying to figure everything out that I missed out on a lot of the cool stuff that happened on campus and in my college town. I didn't have a TV where I lived, and since everything was in walking distance, I was rarely in my car (and my radio), which cut me off from knowing about all the things going on in my area.

But the semester after that, I applied to work for my college newspaper, became a student news reporter and everything changed. Suddenly I was writing about the latest administration scandal, learned ahead of time about tuition hikes, knew about the music lineup for nearby music venues and concerts in the park, found out backgrounds on different students running for positions on the Associated Student Government, knew the time and dates of campus-wide volunteer efforts, and knew when it was time to pledge for certain fraternities and sororities.

Suddenly I found myself attending events I might not have otherwise attended and being very grateful I had. For my job at the student paper, I marched for peace on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I heard the legendary Maya Angelou speak, I interviewed the family and friends of a well-known former athletic director and got to interview the president of the university itself. Not only did doing these things make my college experience much richer, but they caused me to feel connected to the university at a much deeper level.

The bottom line is that it's nice to know what's going on, and working at a college newspaper is just the place to do just that. Give it a shot, and see what working for your college newspaper could mean for you.

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