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COLUMN: Help me produce great journalism


After the most divisive and controversial election in modern history, I’m employed in one of the most important professions imaginable: journalism.

As Editor-in-Chief of Central Michigan Life for the 2017 Spring Semester, I’m looking for some dedicated people who want to help me seek the truth. In a world of clickbait and fake news stories that go viral, the mission of this paper is more important than ever.

The first day I walked into the newsroom as a freshman, I knew I wanted to play a pivotal role in the future of this organization.

I’ve held four different job titles at CM Life, all of which have prepared me to lead the newsroom during my final semester at Central Michigan University. From page designer to student life reporter, I’ve gotten the privilege to work alongside a lot of brilliant student journalists as we explore the CMU community together as journalists.

As our profession becomes more complicated, and dangerous, in a chilling political environment, I am eager to meet the challenge by leading my university’s voice for students.

I can’t do it alone.

At CM Life, you can be the person to shed light on important issues affecting your fellow students — such as racism on campus or the need for more mental health services for students.

Be part of the change in the journalism industry. Work with us to renew readers’ trust in where they get their information.

If you’re upset with the media for spreading what you consider false narratives, then be a part of the solution. Work for Central Michigan Life and learn how to be a reporter, and help us be a watchdog for students. Stop complaining about problems in “the media” and work to make it better.

This is a call to action for anyone interested in telling stories that matter. Come to Moore Hall 436. Fill out an application and learn about the impact reporting can have and how you can make a difference.

If you are a student at this university and want to be a serious journalist, we want you to work for us.

We are looking for reporters, photographers, videographers, columnists, an opinion editor and podcast hosts.

I like my job because I get to share people’s stories. Information is powerful. Join me in sharing it and become a part of the Central Michigan Life team.

I promise you’ll be a part of something you can be proud of.


About Kate Carlson

Editor-in-Chief Kate Carlson is a senior from Lapeer who is majoring in journalism with a minor in ...

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