Well, I can’t believe this day has finally come.

I joined Griffon News when I was 18 in the fall of 2018. I joined looking for something to keep me busy as I started my career at Missouri Western. Little did I know, when I walked in, I was going to find something much better. 

I came in starting as a reporter and now I’m leaving as the executive director. I didn’t know when I was going to join that Griffon Media was going to become a place that I would call home for the next few years. 

When I was selected as EIC in the spring of 2019 I couldn’t have been more thrilled. I was offered the chance to completely rebrand the paper. I created a new overall design for the paper, a new logo, a new website, and much more.

These opportunities sent me up for the chance to become the overall executive director for this past academic year. This year we created a brand new TV show, a new app, and set a standard for what Griffon Media should be from here on out.

I have been looking forward to this day for many months now. The pandemic has made me struggle and lose a bit of my passion for journalism. Luckily, I’ve been so blessed to work with so many amazing people, that my passion has returned. I have had the chance of working with phenomenal editors and reporters over the last two years and I know that I’m leaving this program and fantastic hands.

While it will be different not being the head honcho, I am so excited to step into my new role on the TV side.

I want to take a moment to thank every editor and staff or who’s ever been on staff with me. You guys keep me so motivated and Are the best help any person could ask for. I think you all for putting up with my terrible jokes, complaining, and everything else.

I want to thank the faculty in the communication department for trusting me to lead their student media. Your continuous support and help has helped us create a legacy for our program.

I want to thank my family for listening to me complain and struggle as well as always supporting me and everything that takes place within Griffon Media.

Thank you to everyone who has been supportive and helpful during my time in charge.

And lastly, I want to thank James. You have been on my side since the day we met. I have never been so lucky to have somebody support me in the way that you do. I know no matter where I am, you will be in my corner cheering me on. Thank you for all you have done for me. Please know that I am forever grateful and will always have your back too.

To the upcoming staff, I wish you all the best of luck. The best advice that I can give you, is to understand your boundaries. While this job is absolutely fantastic, make sure your focus is on your mental health. The paper will go out, even if it feels like it won’t. A TV show will run, even if it feels like your content isn’t strong enough. You will get through every semester no matter what. 

Again, I can’t believe this day is here. I am so thrilled to see what Griffon Media accomplishes in the upcoming years.

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