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and the Student Government Asso- ciation. I was excited about its “re- birth.” Growing up in a newspaper family, I had familiarity. I was quickly given responsibilities.

DID YOUR NEWSWORK AND ACADEM- ICS INTERSECT? I set up an inde- pendent study to get credit. I was spending 35 to 40 hours a week on the News. Without the aca- demic credit, I don’t think I’d have been able to pull it off.

WAS THE NEWSHIGHLY REGARDED? I’m proud that we won a num- ber of Columbia Scholastic Press

Association awards during my tenure.

WAS THE NEWSINDEPENDENT? Fiercely. I can’t recall the adminis- tration ever trying to interfere. The college relations office was cooperative and respectful, as was then-President David Porter. I still have a note he sent, thanking us for raising the level of the paper.

HOW DID YOUR NEWSWORK INFLUENCE LIFE AFTER GRADUATION? Four years after graduation, my grandfather passed away. Someone needed to run the family newspaper, and the job fell to me. My News experience was unequivocally the best train- ing—that could only have come from hands-on experience.

CAN PRINT MEDIA SURVIVE? I read more and more on my laptop or iPad. Still, I think the future of newspapers remains bright. The future of printing presses is another matter.

JANICE BURNETT DAVIDSON ’66 Government major; JD, University of Pennsylvania Chief judge, Colorado Court of Appeals Denver, Colo.

WHAT DREW YOU TO THE NEWS? I love to write. I went from head- line writer to reporter to news editor to edi- tor-in-chief. It was fun, stimu- lating ... and frustrating when you couldn’t get the story or when a staff person dropped the ball.

WHAT WAS YOUR MOST EXCITING AR- TICLE? The most fun was writing editorials as editor-in-chief. I also loved the point-counterpoint opinion series we started.

ASHLEY MORRISON ’06 Philosophy and religious studies major; MS, emergency management, Millersville University

Radiological-hazards planner/trainer, Lancaster Emergency Management Agency Lancaster, Pa.

WHAT DREW YOU TO THE NEWS? I wanted to become more active on campus.

WAS THE NEWSINDEPENDENT? Students had freedom to write what they wanted, as long as arguments were researched and pre- sented fairly.

WHAT WAS YOUR MOST EX- CITING ARTICLE? When I shadowed a campus-safety officer. Law enforcement of- ficers do not get the respect they deserve.

HOW DID YOUR NEWSWORK IN- FLUENCE LIFE AFTER GRADUA- TION? Working on the newspa- per, and my experience at Skidmore in general, encour- aged me to think critically and always ask “why?”

HOW DID IT AFFECT YOUR VIEW OF THE MEDIA? A newspaper’s role is to inform about all issues, even those that could cause back- lash. All media have an agenda, explicit or implied, so I am a strong proponent of alternative news sources and distrustful of mainstream media.

HOW DID YOUR NEWSWORK INFLUENCE LIFE AFTER GRADUATION? My time at the News ranks near the top of my formative experi- ences in becoming the chief judge of an appellate court. It helped with self-confidence, writing, leadership, and manage- ment skills; I am sure it helped me get into a top-tier law school. It was one of my best college experiences.

HOW DID IT AFFECT YOUR VIEW OF THE MEDIA? While I suppose it helped me understand how difficult it is to be a journalist, that doesn’t make it any easier to tolerate the garbage that passes nowadays as news reporting.

WHAT WOULD YOU TELL A STUDENT INTERESTED IN JOURNALISM? It’s intellectually gratifying but impractical as a job; however, working on a school newspaper is an invaluable experience, and for students who like to write I would urge them to do it.

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