Publishing office: Taking stock – Le Marron et le Blanc


After six semesters, where are we?

My Brown and white journey began during the freezing winter of 2018 with just a few clicks on Lehigh Banner to * register online * for DAY 001.

What a decision it was.

Almost three years later, I’ve written and edited countless stories, led various beats, then a section, and helped run a newsroom.

And I had to give up the Oxford comma – easier said than done.

In my life, I have discovered that I learn best the hard way, but also by doing.

I have never taken a traditional journalism course, but have gained extensive real-world publishing experience. And absorbed a little AP style. I am by all means a student of this subject.

I perfected my ability to write. I improved my public speaking and presentation skills. I had the privilege of working alongside a group of talented people – and we also won a few awards.

Spend more than 20 hours per week working on Brown and white all along the last few semesters have taught me discipline. It allowed me to practice working under pressure and on time, not to mention gathering information and building relationships.

It’s hard not to feel responsible for the newspaper that bears my name and those of my peers at the masthead.

It’s personal.

There is a certain pride that comes from the publication of your writing, and even more so when your signatures are read and used.

It’s special to be able to create content from scratch – watching the seed of an idea be planted and nurtured through development in a finished piece. And as a result of Chestnuts and whites dynamic staff across a range of departments, we can cover a lot of ground.

I am grateful for the hours spent learning from a certain deep pizza expert who moonlighted as an educational advisor. I have developed my profession enormously thanks to his poignant comments.

I wouldn’t trade the endless time spent brainstorming ideas, writing descriptions, writing stories and leading a team as an editor for nothing.

This fall it was more than rewarding to come full circle and lead educational programs for new journalists as an editor – an integral part of my own experience when I started as a little J1.

I’m also grateful to have been part of a medium that puts unbiased and accurate reporting high on its priority list.

What a race it has been.

Brown and white has emerged from COVID-19 arguably stronger than ever. We have proven that we can work with everyone scattered everywhere. We have streamlined our production process and reached new heights.

Day in and day out, armed with the deadly trifecta of Slack, Google Drive, and WordPress, we’re making the headlines.

I might not look back on every moment I spent at Lehigh with the same affection, but I will always cherish the time spent at Lehigh. Chestnuts and whites world headquarters, Coppée Hall. Not being able to attend the criticism on the third floor and complaining about its lack of a bathroom and a water cooler for two semesters during the pandemic only reinforced that.

To the next generation of leaders, I hope your time at the masthead will be as enjoyable and educational as mine has been. Hope you can enjoy the long hours and the frustration of elusive reporters when you see the fruits of your labor (yes, a cliché).

A little unsolicited advice? Never fear a challenge and never doubt your own abilities.

I don’t want to be meta, but 700 words cannot sum up my three years with this organization. Nonetheless, it was a pleasure to have been part of a newsroom that explored so many issues and shed light where there once was darkness.

I owe a huge debt of gratitude to all the editors, past and present, with whom I have shared the newsroom; it has been such a joy to work with you and to learn from you. You continue to motivate and inspire me.

As this chapter draws to a close, I look forward to the next one – eternally grateful for all that has happened. Whatever awaits me, I will continue to carry on in the spirit of the phrase “Go ahead and journalism!” “

So long.


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