When I found out I was chosen to be the next Editor-In-Chief of The Brunswickan, I had a flashback to when I was seven.
Every morning of my childhood, I was awakened by the voice of my at-the-time favourite news anchor. I was often late to school because I refused to leave before the morning news ended. There was not a single day that I walked into school without knowing pretty much everything that was happening in Thailand.
Whenever someone asked me, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I would always respond with a big smile saying, “A journalist.”
Although my answer isn’t the same as what it was when I was younger, I still read the news everyday and love journalism just as much as I did then—if not more.
Over the past four years of being involved in the student press, I have learned and grown a lot. But the most important thing I have come to realize is that words aren’t the only tool for storytelling.
I have been a writer, a photographer and, this year, an art director. Within these roles, I have learned that there are many ways to tell a story: photography, painting, design, videography—you name it.
Storytelling is like painting. It is an art, regardless of what type of tools you use to paint the pictures.
Journalism is undergoing a period of change, but I only see that as being an exciting time for us. Newsrooms are forced to change quickly, but we know journalism is not dying, and neither is The Brunswickan. It’s just a sign telling us to leverage all of the storytelling tools and to continuously evolve to match with our readers’ lifestyles.
Next year, I am excited to get creative and push the boundaries a little. I want to explore the different ways The Bruns can become even more connected with its readers, viewers and listeners.
My incredibly talented team and I are going to place more emphasis on multimedia and online content, so you can stay connected with the UNB community wherever you are and in whichever way best fits your lifestyle.
If you have any suggestions, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.