In addition to being a member of ISU PRSSA, Lindsey Clark is a staff reporter for The Vidette, ISU's student newspaper.
Tell us about yourself.
I transferred to ISU last January as a journalism major with a minor in cinema studies from a community college in DeKalb, Ill. I have always loved to write; I remember my cousin giving me a journal for Christmas when I was seven years old, and I have been writing ever since. I have so many journals from growing up; it is kind of like a timeline of my life, which is really cool to look back at now that I am older. I also enjoy being outside, riding my bike, dancing, watching movies, and reading biographies of people who inspire me. I am also a big fan of coffee, pizza, and sushi, not necessarily all together.
Why did you get involved as a reporter at The Vidette?
As a journalism major, I knew how important it was to get involved with some sort of publication while in college, and I knew The Vidette would be an awesome opportunity to do that. I would read issues of The Vidette my first semester here and thought how cool it would be to be a part of it. I also want writing to be involved in my future career in some way, so I figured the best way to get my feet wet with that was to apply to be a reporter and learn as much about the position as I could.
What do you like most about being a reporter?
I love how much I have been able to learn both about myself as a writer and ISU as a University. One of the best things for me to do to learn more about ISU after coming here in the middle of the school year was to become a reporter. Working for The Vidette has also helped me to develop much stronger interviewing and writing skills than I had before. I have grown so much as a writer in the last year in being a part of The Vidette and look forward to continuing to grow. It is a great learning experience that I would encourage anyone who enjoys writing to apply to – you don’t have to be a journalism major!
How has PRSSA helped you with your position?
Even though I am a part of the development committee now, I started off in the relations committee when I transferred here. PRSSA is actually the first registered student organization I joined at ISU. Doing some of the blog and newsletter writing for the relations committee is what gave me the confidence to apply for a news reporting position at The Vidette. I found that I really liked writing about events happening within ISU and wanted to keep up with that. There are a lot of common elements between journalism and public relations. I think of myself as a journalism student interested in the public relations side of things, so I also have that perspective to bring to the work I do from being a part of PRSSA.
Do you plan to keep writing after graduation?
I always want to keep writing as a part of my life no matter what. Some people express themselves through art or music. For me, writing is my creative outlet, both personally and professionally. As a student journalist, I love being able to help others learn more about the community they live in and keep them informed about what is happening in the world around them.
Questions composed by Maggie Ziemann
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