BLOG: Learning and growth comes for Aviso staff member


If someone told me in high school that I would be writing for my college student newspaper, I don’t think I would have believed them.   Not because it didn’t interest me, but because I didn’t feel like I had enough experience to write at that level.

Casey Stevens is a senior communication arts major. (Photo by Charley Garwood)

There were roughly 40 people in my graduating class. Yes, it was a public school, but it had no student newspaper.  Coming to Malone, I knew absolutely nothing about journalistic writing.

I was first forced to write for The Aviso for my JOUR 220 class.  I walked into the newsroom feeling extremely nervous.  I wasn’t that experienced after all.  I didn’t know anyone on the staff at the time.  And last, but certainly most nerve racking: people were going to read what I would be writing.

My first article was about a tennis match.  Remember how I said my one-caution-light town’s high school was ridiculously small? Well, my high school didn’t have a tennis team, so my tennis knowledge was limited to what I picked up on the Wii.

I went to the game, had my first actual interviews, and worked on perfecting my article.  Because after all, people were going to read this!

The staff was very inviting and willing to help me work on perfecting my article.

It wasn’t until I had my first article up on the website that I realized I enjoyed the whole crazy process of working on an article.  From tracking down sources, to coming up with questions, to then condensing that information for an audience, I enjoyed the whole process.  I wanted to do it again.

So here I am, having been an Aviso staff writer for two years now.  Over the years, I have covered a variety of areas in stories, ranging from the math department from the athletic department.

My years on The Aviso have helped me grow as a writer.  My experience there has been useful when looking for internships.  When I applied for both of my internships, I brought writing samples which were published in The Aviso. I know these helped me land my previous internships.

So if you’re considering writing next year, do it!  Whether you have experience or not, The Aviso offers a great opportunity to grow as a writer.  I can’t imagine my college experience without The Aviso.  From the people I met through interviews, to the people on staff, I’ve met a variety of people on campus, and a lot of doors have opened for me because of my Aviso experience.

 Casey Stevens is a communication arts major and a staff writer for The Aviso AVW. 

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