Today, May 23, 2013, marks the one year anniversary of the transformation from the Oregon Daily Emerald to the Emerald Media Group. We call it the Revolution. When I woke up this morning, the first thing I did was check Facebook on my phone. That’s where I saw it – the Emerald Media Group won best college newspaper of the year.
I was so excited that the first thing I did (after posting the link on all my social media accounts, of course) was call my parents. They shared my excitement as well, and we talked for a few more minutes about school. Then, as I hinted I needed to go, my dad said, “Sara, I’m really proud of you.” And that’s when it hit me: I am overwhelmed with a sense of pride.
I have been working for the Emerald Presents Marketing Team for 10 months now, and the work I have done has been fun and taught me a lot. It wasn’t until this morning, though, that I realized just how much my efforts mean. All of the office hours, late-night shifts, event planning, client meetings, balloon-runs and PhotoBooth set-ups have been for so much more than just my personal internship experience. What I do matters. Yes, I am a student, but I am here for more than school. I am affecting society and making a positive difference. That, in itself, teaches me more than any classroom ever will. I am so proud to say that I work for the best college newspaper in the country, and that my hard work over the last 10 months has been a contributing factor to the success of the publication’s revolution. We have taken a traditional paper and done what has never been done before. We have been bold, fearless and innovative. We have changed the future of college media, and others are now following in our footsteps. I know that this is only the beginning, and I am beyond excited to lead the marketing team next year as the new director.
Check out this article on PBS MediaShift that our president, Ryan Frank, wrote about the revolution, the lessons we’ve learned and what’s in store for our future (Also, if you notice the picture with the duck, that’s me in the middle :D).