Ram Page reflects on the past year and sets goals for the future

On May 1, 2015

After a hectic year of deadlines and budgets, the Ram Page staff has taken some time to reflect on the past two semesters.

We’ve come to the conclusion that we have learned a lot about journalism and communication during our short time on staff.

We’ve learned to become more social—as a reporter it’s impossible to get good quotes or a good story line if you’re too afraid to talk to people and ask questions. One of the perks of being a reporter is the fact that you can be nosy and it’s okay, because it’s your job.

Photographers on staff voiced that they have gotten more comfortable behind their camera lens. It can be stressful and feel like a lot of pressure to get the right shot at the right time, but when you can become more focused and less nervous, your shots will improve dramatically. It is important to feel comfortable going up to people to ask if you can take their picture, and also taking pictures of large crowds.

After a few weeks of running behind we all learned to stop procrastinating and do things ahead of time. People aren’t always going to get back to you on time, so sometimes “stalking” them is the only way to do it. And by stalking, we mean waiting outside their office, calling 5 times a day, and emailing them until you get a response.

From an artistic stand point, our cartoonist said that it’s hard to force creativity and you merely have to wait for it to flow. While that is true, as a publication, we have to make sure that creativity flows by the deadline.

Another thing we have all had to deal with at some point is turning in our time cards on time. Let’s be honest—we are college kids and need our money! For the future Ram Page staff: remember to turn in your hours on time so you don’t stress out Roselee Wilson, the office coordinator for the Department of Communication and Mass Media.

The most important thing that we came to realize is that we learn from our mistakes. You have to make mistakes and fail to get better and grow. A college newspaper is a great place to push yourself because it prepares you for real world journalism.

College is a great time for internships and to explore different career options to get a feel for what you would like to do in the future. The Ram Page is a good experience too, it is a weekly paper so there isn’t as much stress as a daily newspaper would be. It is a good job to test out the waters of journalism and see if you have what it takes to go up to people and ask them questions for a story.

As the end of the semester approaches, the Ram Page will be hiring for a new staff. There are a few things that we want to do for next year’s paper such as branch out more. We want to cover more organizations around campus. It’s hard to cover groups that we don’t know about so if you want your club’s picture or event in the paper contact us at rampage@ angelo.edu. A lot of students don’t even know we have a paper so we would also like to get more publicity and be able to present the news to everybody.

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