Before even arriving at Pitt-Johnstown even began, I knew that I wanted to be a part of the student-run newspaper. The Advocate was an incredible opportunity for me to grow as a writer and was an invaluable experience. I started out as a contributing writer, before quickly moving into a Copy Editor role. By the end of my first semester with the paper, I was promoted to News Editor for the remainder of my freshmen year (Spring 2017) and the first half of my sophomore year (Fall 2017).
By 2018, it was my time to show what I learned in previous roles and lead the paper as Editor-in-Chief, a role I held for the entirety of 2018. While in that role, I was able to raise our advertising revenue by 30% and online readership by 22%. During my senior year, I took a step back and acted as the paper’s Assistant Managing Editor. In this role, I oversaw the successful launch of the paper’s Instagram account, @upj_adovcate.