The following entry was written by Jackie Roman, Class of 2017.
The Berkley Beacon is Emerson College’s school newspaper and has been in publication since 1947. Each year, some aspects of the paper change as Editor-in-Chiefs come and go. But two things never change: a full newspaper is published every Thursday morning without exception and a student staff sits in the Berkeley Beacon office every Wednesday night to ensure all stories are edited, formatted and completed properly.
When I first came to Emerson College in the fall of 2013, I attended a ton of extra curricular orientations. But the Beacon caught my eye the most. The staff spoke frankly about a deadline-driven environment, mandatory meetings, and collaborative work. They let prospective members know that joining the school newspaper was a serious commitment. And that is exactly why I joined.
It’s not news that climate of Emerson is one where students delve into projects beyond the classroom – they join organizations they are passionate about and learn from them. I knew that if I joined the newspaper, I would be pushing myself as a writer, journalist, and professional. It seemed like the obvious way to use my free time between classes and work.
But this isn’t the only publication that teaches professional skills. Emerson has a plethora of options for students wishing to further their literary endeavors. Atlas Magazine, Concrete Literary Magazine, em Magazine and The Emerson Review are just a few of the opportunities on campus. Each publication offers a unique experience that will further journalistic and writing abilities.
Just like the Berkeley Beacon, these organizations require good time management and a host of other mature responsibilities. Part of being involved in a paper also means learning how to accept criticism. Before my articles go to print, they get edited by almost ten people. While this can be frustrating at times it ultimately teaches me about the peer review process. I have also learned the importance of attention-to-detail in the work place through my involvement with the Beacon. These are transferable skills that are not limited to a career in writing, but will benefit me in any future job.