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BLOG: New editor-in-chief welcomes the unexpected


This time last year, I applied for and received a position as a staff writer for the Aviso. I barely knew any of the people involved and had to meet them all over again last fall when classes started.

New editor-in-chief, Blaire Thompson, welcomes her new responsibilities. (Photo by Kaitie Fox)

Soon after that, I took the copy editor position when it unexpectedly became open. Since then, I’ve spent most of the year writing some of the smaller pieces like the Senate Notebook and copy editing all of the stories the Aviso staff has published.

I knew I would love copy editing because it appeals to my organized side, but I’m a creative writer, so I didn’t think this whole journalism thing was ever going to become that important to me.

I have definitely struggled with it. But I’ve grown to love being involved in something that is constantly putting out stories and reaching people; that is one of my favorite things about the Aviso.

I was sure I would continue to be involved in some way next year, but I didn’t give much thought to a new position. When the advisor, Dr. David Dixon, started talking about applications for editor-in-chief, I dismissed the idea pretty quickly. Maybe that is silly, but I’m a creative writing major and I still don’t consider myself much of a journalist.

Then Sam Shaffer, the current editor-in-chief, stopped by my room and asked me to consider applying for the position.

Among other things, she told me that she wasn’t a journalistic writer either; her focus was and is on video. She didn’t originally think she would be fit for the job either, but I have seen her do a wonderful job throughout this year.

She convinced me to apply, and here I am!

I am so excited to lead the Aviso staff next year. We have put together an awesome group of editors, writers, and photographers, and I know they are all going to do a wonderful job.

I also know that Dr. Dixon is going to be there to help us get out of all the sticky situations we get ourselves into (or I get myself into). I am already grateful for the help he has provided!

Although there is a lot to look forward to, there are also some goodbyes that have crept up on me way too soon. The current staff has been absolutely wonderful to work with, and I have learned so much from each of them. They will all be missed, and I wish them luck and blessings as they get ready to leave Malone.

This past year has brought a lot of change to the newspaper, and I can hardly imagine what the coming year has in store. But I know it will be an amazing experience for me and hopefully for everyone involved. Now let’s look forward to another amazing year for the Aviso AVW!

 Blaire Thompson is the 2012-2013 copy editor and 2013-2014 editor-in-chief for The Aviso AVW.

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  1. Congratulations seem to be in order! Judging by your letter, you will have ample support to help you and give you guidance in this endeavor, however I feel that you could run the operation by yourself, if you didn’t have school to contend also. Good luck, and I’m praying for you!

    Grand Pa Allan


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