Met Opinion: Inside the news room

If Met Media collected a nickel for every time someone accused a member of our news staff of over stepping their bounds, asking questions they “shouldn’t” or misrepresenting someone or something on Auraria Campus, we would empty out a sizeable jar on a regular basis. This is not to say that we are unethical or act without integrity, but we have inherited a bad rap. We give you a looking glass at how we perceive our craft in the hope that it will change some of the perceptions about what it is we do and why we do it.

Inside our news room

A look into our offices as we prepare for the week.

Esteban Fernandez – eferna14@msudenver.edu

One of the best ways to get under my skin is to call Met Media and The Metropolitan ‘just a student newspaper.’ We may be students but our publication is so much more than that.

It is our first exposure to the world of Journalism. e stories we publish have real impact, and serve the student body at Metro. I know for a fact they have impact, because otherwise we wouldn’t draw so much ire from people around campus. Prying out secrets and shining a spotlight where things fester and hide tends to carry that consequence. It is also something I take special delight in.

My work at the paper is preparing me for the world of political journalism. My days here have taught me how to report, the value of truth and ethics, and to never back down to a bully. I take pride in the independence of e Metropolitan and the fact that we don’t grovel to the pleasure of our sources.

I’m also proud to work with the people I do. I see the same level of dedication, toughness and resourcefulness in each of my peers. I see it in the sports editor who does more than report on games by ling CORA requests on the administration and our photo editor who rushes toward an Auraria campus alert rather than away from it. I see it in our features editor, who lights sparks and turns to steel when she catches the scent of a good story. I see it in our Editor-in-Chief, who pushes us weekly to be the best we can be while balancing the demands of motherhood and class.

For all these reasons we are more than ‘just a student paper.’ We’re a real paper. And when we get to the real world, watch out.

Lauren Cordova – cordo22@msudenver.edu

As a student journalist I have learned a lot about myself and what path I want to take in life. I used to think that the only way I would be happy is if I traveled the world working for National Geographic. A er studying at MSU Denver, I have found that discovering local stories and giving a voice to someone who may never get a chance to tell their story any other way can be much more rewarding than being a globetrotting photojournalist. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to travel the world and take photographs telling stories that make an impact on the world, but now I know that there is much more to happiness and success than that. One of the most important things we focus on as journalists is to seek the truth and report it. As photojournalists, our job is to illuminate the human condition. These two goals can be accomplished anywhere. Whether following soldiers through a war-torn city or telling the story of a local refugee family, a good story can be told in an impactful way from anywhere in the world if you have the integrity and drive of a true journalist.

David Schaut – dschaut@msudenver.edu

I was asked to write an op-ed on what it means to be a student journalist. I struggled with the assignment because the only di erences I nd between a student journalist and a journalist are knowledge, ability and pay. When I think about what I do, I don’t consider myself a student journalist. I seek truth and report it. I develop sources in the areas that I cover so I can have an inside track on information. I hit the pavement and doggedly pursue stories and people in order to make my story as accurate and complete as possible. I piss people o . I do all of the things a journalist does, albeit with many more mistakes.

The difficulty with student journalism is that access is more difficult to ascertain. Me saying that I represent e Metropolitan does not carry as much weight as me saying that I represent e Denver Post or 9News. So in order to get taken seriously I have to persist until people understand that I will not stop. But my job doesn’t change. My job is to get to the events people care about and cover them. Am I bitter about the difficulty? No, I love it. It’s tough but it’s worthwhile. But, the di erence between journalists and student journalists? We’ve got to bust our ass just to get some respect.

Joella Baumann – jbauma17@msudenver.edu

I have been asked more than a few times to define the role of a student journalist. I’ve been told that we play a smaller role and have a place on campus. For those who have said this, I get the sense that our place is outside of their business. MSU Denver is my family’s alma mater and a place that where I have come to fruition. I care greatly about this campus and its happenings far most than most. However it is not a gentle love as a I have for my child, but a tough one. I expect back from my campus what it expects of me. is leads me into my first love of writing and in that my love of journalism.

There are very few other instances in my life where something expected honesty, integrity, ethical wisdom and patience of me all at the same time. I have learned so much about knowing when to lead and when to follow. In my time with the paper I am proud to say that we have ruffled a few feathers. We have elicited frantic emails and phone calls from professionals who feel that we have crossed some invisible line. To those people, thank you and your welcome.

We have learned through our professors that we are the watchdogs and that it is our job to hold those with power accountable. You all, the administrators, the deans, the boards and the professors hold the power over the most important entity on this campus: the student body. A student body to which we owe our allegiance and which we are a part of. is gives us the right to ask the questions and attend the meetings. To film and record and question and report is our cra and our duty. We will continue
to strive for that standard in the most respectful and unapologetic manner.

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