Wow, time really does fly. It’s already been a year since I took over as editor in chief of The Vidette and I can’t believe it’s already time for me to step down. I have learned so much from this demanding job and while it has driven me crazy sometimes, it was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had.
Looking back at everything the staff and I have done this year, I couldn’t be more proud. We had some really great pieces this year and I hope you all enjoyed reading them as much as we enjoying putting them together. Now, that’s not to say there weren’t some bumps in the road, but I wouldn’t change any of it.
Our last summer edition comes to mind. Somehow we forgot to put the Vidette logo on the front cover. How that slipped passed the editors, myself and the night staff is beyond me. Whoops!
Another mishap, in the second issue of The ‘Bird we ran a ‘Guess that Redbird’ trivia game. My baby picture was put in as one of faces to guess, but my adult picture was not the answer. Instead, ISU’s All-American football player Colton Underwood was placed. Sorry Colton, hopefully that pink dress didn’t tarnish your reputation on the football field.
Risk taking: that seemed to be our theme this year. I can definitely recall having second thoughts about sending pages to the press around three in the morning when it was too late to get them back. Remember the half naked lady we put on the front cover of The Bird for breast cancer awareness month? That one cost me some z’s for sure, but it ended up being one of our most picked up issues. Shout out to my roommate Rachel for being bold enough to pose. Although as the editor’s best friend she didn’t have much of a choice, sorry Rach.
There were some pretty funny mistakes this year, but at the same time I am so proud of what The Vidette staff has done. Taking home 17 Illinois Collegiate Press Awards this year speaks volumes for what this staff has put into the paper. I’m so glad I got the chance to work with all of you this year, you have taught me so much.
John Plevka is the general manager of The Vidette. The first time I sat in John’s office, I got caught in one of his infamous spiels for about 45 minutes that caused me to miss class. In the last year and a half that I have known him, the talks didn’t get any shorter, but my appreciation for them has grown. John is probably one of the most influential and best advisors I have ever had, he is also a great friend. I am so grateful for being able to work so closely with you this year, and I’ll miss sitting in your office everyday.
Tawni Ricketts was our sports editor this year and last year. As many of you know, she was in the car with Michael Collins when a drunk driver hit them. Since her injuries have forced her to stay at home, there has been a huge gap in our staff. Tawni is not only a fantastic writer and page designer; she has a bright and loving personality that always put a smile on my face. Tawni, thank you for hiring me two years ago! I miss you and hope you can get back to the ocean soon.
Eli Wrightam, thanks for dealing with my lack of computer skills, not sure what I would have done if you weren’t there to fix things. Also guiding my website related decision making, since most of it went over my head anyway.
Brian Jarocki, I’m going to miss hearing you call me “Boss Lady” and I’d like a discount at Target now that you have a big boy job.
Dori Jones, I think we have had our fair share of understanding that ads and editorial just don’t always mix. But thank you for being understanding and flexible this entire year. I am looking forward to seeing what you and your staff can do.
To my columnists, thanks for adjusting to my demanding requests every week. I know writing about “local” topics instead of fun pop culture wasn’t what you were looking for in this job, but you did so with success!
Finally, I want to introduce my successor Kellie Flaherty. She has been the news editor for The Vidette the past year and a half. She is also a very close friend. Kellie, I know you will do a fantastic job and I’m excited to see you improve The Vidette!
As for me, you can’t get rid of me just yet. I will be stepping down from this position and into the supplements editor position. Being a broadcast journalism major, I want to be able to put all of my efforts into my work at TV-10 News. But there will always be a place in my heart for The Vidette and print journalism. Thank you to everyone who made this one of the most memorable experiences of my college career.