By Jason Koole
Every Sunday, I wake up, grab a 2-liter of whatever caffeinated substance I can find, a pack of cigarettes, some energy drinks and head to Faunce Student Services to work on the Western Herald.
I’ve been doing this for three years.
I started out as a writer here and I have been a copy editor for the past two years.
I am going into my senior year here at Western Michigan University and have been on staff since I was a freshman.
My time here at the Herald has been a lot of things.
There’ve been tedious times, like last year and the end of my freshman year, and there have been a lot of fun times here at the Herald as well (like being mauled by Nora’s savage dog Penny).
During my first year at WMU, I pretty much stalked the workers of the office until I got my job here as a staff writer. Most people probably won’t have to do that now. We need all the writers we can get.
Though I doubt anyone reading this remembers my time as a writer and the content I wrote, I felt like it was an incredibly helpful experience. As a writer, if you didn’t slack off, you would get a lot of experience and help with your writing, if you did slack off, then you would have a very mad editor and you would probably get canned.
Although the pay as a writer is terrible, the help you receive while working is well worth the effort and I would recommend it.
My time as a copy editor has also been helpful to my overall experience.
As a copy editor, I am one of the people in the background that puts a lot of stuff together. to make the paper. Our goal is to make the paper layout look nice, orderly and interesting to read.
What people don’t realize is that there is a lot of stuff that goes into printing the paper: Editing spelling and grammar; layout, putting the stories and pictures on pages; putting stuff on the web, and writing briefs are all part of the job.
It’s tough sometimes.
It’s not always easy being a student with those kinds of responsibilities. When an error does make it through, it’s potentially day ruining or even worse, week ruining depending on the error. Personally, a lot of pride comes with this job and it hurts sometimes. We just want to make a better paper.
I don’t know what the future of the Herald is.
I think we are going to slowly make the transition into having most of the content online, since that’s apparently what all you crazy kids are into. Whether I will still be working here or not is uncertain, because life sometimes brings different opportunities.
I do hope that those of you that do enjoy reading us will continue to do so.