EIC: Star best place for growth, experience

By Jackie Nevarez

I am writing this column at the last possible minute, which should come as no surprise to those that know me.

If I started this column weeks ago, or even days ago, I would not be able to fully speak on my experience at the Northern Star. It still baffles me that I started at the Star as a columnist with no journalism experience whatsoever, and ended as the editor in chief of the No. 1 college newspaper in the state, according to the Illinois College Press Association.

I have been so fortunate to travel, learn and grow in my time at the Star. The past two and a half years have taught me everything from how to formulate a lede, to how to stand my ground with those who were not happy with the content the Star put out.

I am forever thankful to the staff who has helped me grow — everything I know about journalism came from our wonderful newsroom in the Campus Life Building.

To the people who allowed me to take minutes to hours of their time for interviews — thank you. I have left these meetings with tears in my eyes and a smile on my face, in awe of the amazing people that have trusted me with their stories.

Working at the Northern Star has been a humbling and demanding experience that I would not trade for anything — no matter how many times I’ve complained enough to win the “Grumpiest Staffer” award for two years straight.

Thank you for everything, Northern Star. I’m going to go graduate and take a nap now.