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You’re gonna be remembered for the things that you said and do

Posted in Diary, Kernel with tags on April 7, 2008 by lenscapremoved

It’s the question I hadn’t answered for myself. I left it out of my application as well. That same question was the one that I knew would be the easiest to start the interview off.


Why do you want to do this job? Why would you want to take on this much responsibility? Why would anyone want to be held accountable for an entire publication’s actions? Just why?

Because I can make a difference.

For as long as I can remember I have known I was going to go to the University of Kentucky. For my three years at UK I have been working for what is one of the greatest newspapers in the country. It has been an honor to work for this publication. And it’s the greatest honor I have ever received to be named editor-in-chief.

The reporter working on the announcement story asked me if I ever dreamed that I would be sitting there, upcoming editor-in-chief of the Kentucky Kernel. If that was ever my aspiration. I just told him the truth. No. My goal has been to do the best at whatever job I was doing. I always saw myself as a behind the scenes work horse of the Kernel.

Some of my friends/coworkers really questioned me when I said I was going for editor-in-chief. Some even discouraged it. That’s their own feelings about it though. I feel I can do something for this paper. I can not only leave my mark, but help the Kernel communicate better to our audience.

But with my vision of the Kernel going to a new Web site and a new print design, I know there is a lot to be said about what WE will be doing. I can’t do this without the help of our staff. I am accountable, but we are all responsible to get the job done. And I think we are all very capable of that and more.

I am so honored. I thank everyone from the meeting for approving me to help guide the Kernel next year. I thank everyone who I have worked with over the past three years to get the experience necessary to take on the job. And most of all I thank all of those who will be working with me next year and have given me their blessing.

While tonight was a big night for me, this isn’t about me. It’s about what we can do together. I’m very excited for what we’re going to accomplish next year. I hope you are too.


Right hand on my heart

Posted in Diary, Kernel, Kernel Mixed Media, Mary Margaret with tags , , , , on March 21, 2008 by lenscapremoved

Things on my mind:

* How can I become a better copy editor? – I’m not doing so well in my copy editing class. I have a B, but that’s through the grace of Mike Farrell’s scoring system. I would imagine if I keep bombing these style quizes that I’m going to end up dropping my grade. I have a B in there right now, which is nice. Soon I will have to copy edit two 3 hour shifts, which will be a rough experience for me but a necessary one for any guy who thinks he’s going to be an editor of a newspaper.

* What are we going to do with our Web site next year? – My plan was to start building a new Web site for the Kernel over the summer, but now I’m confused and in limbo with this idea. Apparently the new College Publisher is really slick, and Sean Blanda over at Temple brought to light a few problems with their site, which is a WordPress. Even given a few new CP possibilities, I feel like I would have the most control over at WP. This is a tough decision and I feel some pressure leaning to stick with CP.

* Why am I in another funk on shooting? For some reason or another, I haven’t shot much in the past week and a half. I’m not sure why I get in these grooves. Maybe it’s just because I needed a mental break. I have been thinking about my expansion and how I need to be more than photo, and actually trying to figure out if I start a magazine what it will be. I’m nearly positive I want to run my own online publication.

Things on my heart:

* What next year holds is scary. Mary Margaret may be moving back to Louisville and I will be working more than most professionals (any). I don’t want to lose her to Louisville, even if it is an hour away. I’m really comfortable keeping her to myself. That’s selfish, isn’t it?

* I miss music.  I told Mary Margaret the other night that the only thing I that I love as much as photography is music. I loved performing and having a band and writing songs. Nothing feels quite like finishing a song and listening to it and being so pleased with everything, except maybe finishing a long, hard fought for mixed media piece.

But even with mixed media, you aren’t coming up with everything. That’s what I love about music, from every chord played to every lyric written it’s all yours. It is truly your creation, there was no storyline that someone presented to you. I hope I can start jamming a bit with Oost this summer. If I have any money left after buying a new computer I may buy a new bass.

* Am I going to fulfill my capabilities? A lot has fallen on my plate this semester, I hope I can hold up to the expectations of the Kernel, the Kernelites and my friends and family. I have made a lot of promises and set even more goals for myself and this newspaper.

It’s all ready time to start making those happen.

All opinions on this blog don’t necessarily represent that of those who work for the Kernel, or the Kentucky Kernel. While my opinions are the best ones, it should be understood that they are not ones that everyone else accepts.