"Do what you love, and love what you do."
You've seen it on T-shirts, but it is not just a catchphrase. It is the secret to success. If you do what you love, your play will be your work, and you will be great at it.
As a journalism teacher, I am here to help students tell stories, explore the communities around them and cover them completely.
My classes write, edit, create content and publish books. Everything we do can prepare us to do what we love. These are things I love to do. If they excite you, too, maybe we should talk. I love to:
LEARN what draws people together, inspires them, makes them laugh or cry. I like to find out first, understand it and tell it best.
WRITE. The root of communicating whether you are an artist, a video journalist, a data hound or a reporter. I am a proud word nerd who loves to elevate writing and stories — mine and yours.
BELIEVE that there is incredible power in one idea, one person, one moment. We just have to believe and be the catalyst.
INCLUDE many kinds of people in my work. That leads to the best results. We are in the ideas business and we need all the ideas we can assemble.
I came to Michigan State in 2008 after more than 30 years in newsrooms, 25 of them at the Detroit Free Press. As the newsroom recruiting and development editor for most of that time, I was very happy to come to MSU, where I met and recruited so many talented journalism students. Now, I help them launch their careers. I have always been a teaching editor. I taught the whole time I was in newsrooms and continuing to publish now that I am in the classroom. For me, teaching and journalism are an ideal match. I love them.
Please, whatever you do, make it be something you love.