The Daily Evergreen

Learning lessons of storytelling, photojournalism

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Courtesy of Cody Cottier

TEVA MAYER, Evergreen managing editor

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When I first walked into The Daily Evergreen’s newsroom as a freshman during Week of Welcome, I was looking for a way to earn some money. I just wanted to see a movie or hit up Porchlight Pizza, maybe develop my photography. I had no idea what this paper would become for me or how it would shape my personality, my education and my career.

I started as a photographer, and a very shy and introverted one at that. I spent meetings artfully avoiding eye contact with my photo editor, because I was too afraid to go out on photo assignments. Now, I’m the managing editor and I artfully catch the eyes of the editors and reporters trying to avoid mine.

But more than a confidence boost, the Evergreen has become a home away from home and a source of great friendships.

Working with the most dedicated and fun people you know to produce a paper that is often vilified on our campus builds strong and enduring bonds. Sometimes it feels like the whole world is against us, placing a great deal of pressure on the shoulders of students who sometimes aren’t even old enough to buy a beer, while at the same time inducing fiercely loyal and strong friendships.

In the Evergreen, I have found my support, my inspiration and my joy, all in the editors, reporters and photographers who have surrounded me these past four years.

At this paper, I have discovered a passion for storytelling, investigating and reporting that I didn’t know I was capable of. I have found new career paths, made new connections and learned so much about accountability, leadership and the human condition.

These are lessons I will carry with me as I set out to be a storyteller and photojournalist for the science community, a vision for my future that I wouldn’t have realized had it not been for my time working at this paper.

It is here that I have worked alongside people I have disliked, I have loved and I have wished I’d met sooner. At times the grind of daily production was a burden, and at others it was a welcomed task. I have endured and enjoyed every emotion a person could possibly have, all while living through scenarios of ethics, competency and communication that most adults haven’t. I have made mistakes and I have etched out successes.

At The Daily Evergreen, I have essentially experienced a microcosm of life. As I graduate and leave this paper behind, I feel far more prepared for the bigger version than I ever thought I would.

About the Writer
TEVA MAYER, Evergreen managing editor
Teva Mayer is a zoology major, wildlife ecology and fine arts minor. She specializes in science communication, nature and landscape photography, and video production. During her time at the Evergreen, she has served as assistant photo editor, photo editor, web editor and managing editor. She graduated in May 2018.
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