My Most Exciting Day at Transy (So Far)

On Wednesday of last week we had a guest speaker in our Intro to Journalism class. Which was exciting for two reasons:

  1. Guest speaker usually = no homework.
  2. This guest speaker was AWESOME.

Our guest was none other than Joel Pett. He is the Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist for the Lexington Herald-Leader. (You can check out Joel’s cartoon archives here)

Not only did he draw (and then give away!) caricatures of recent presidents, he walked us through his process of turning the news of the day into pictures. And also commented on the future of journalism (It’s not lookin’ good, people).

So that was interesting enough. But then after class, my professor told me that she would be taking Joel to lunch and asked if would come with them!!!! She knows that I am the opinion editor for Transy’s student-run newspaper, The Rambler (which is exciting enough for its own blog later), and thought I would appreciate meeting with him. And she was right!

So my professor, Joel Pett, two other students and myself walked over to Third Street Stuff, a wonderful local coffee shop that I blogged about last year.

There, we talked about all kinds of stuff. Joel was interested in how The Rambler was going and how we were endorsing a presidential candidate. We talked about Lexington, Transy, and we all got to pick Joel’s brain about anything — working at a real newspaper,  drawing, opinions in journalism, and on and on.

Joel Pett was fascinating. He doesn’t hide his opinions on anything, and will tell it like it is, whether you like what he has to say or not.

It was awesome.

Later that day, my journalism class went to a lecture by John Carroll on campus. Here’s a cool article on him. Carroll has been the editor of the Lexington Herald-Leader, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, and more. How cool. This lecture was fascinating too.

That night was production night in the newsroom for us as we were compiling our special Election Edition — which turned out wonderfully 🙂 And apparently John Carroll is going to come to one of our next meetings to meet with our staff. How cool is that?!

So what I’m saying is that don’t think that you’ll have fewer opportunities at a smaller school. Because at Transylvania, amazing opportunities like these are everywhere.

And it’s awesome.