By Morgan Tucker
Had you spoken to me a year ago, I would have never believed that I would be writing for the Hamilton Pulse before graduating high school.
But as a Steinert senior with an eye on journalism, I will be doing just that. In the coming months, Hamilton Pulse is providing me the opportunity to write features about various topics throughout Hamilton Township.
This fall I plan to attend Syracuse University at the Newhouse School of Public Communications to study Newspaper and Online Journalism. I am eager to work with the Pulse to strengthen my skills and gain experience within the media before I move on to college.
Working with Rich Fisher, I am grateful to start meeting new people in the community and learning new things about my hometown. This is my favorite part about being a journalist; I cherish the opportunity to widen my perspectives and learn so much from people I meet.
In the future, I will remember my experiences with the school newspaper and my roots in local journalism to help maintain my passion and morals. In today’s media, many journalists are so eager to get their article out first that they forget to fact-check, remove hidden bias, and keep their writing professional. I will use my ambition and desire to influence society and be someone people can trust by remembering why I began writing in the first place.
As a sophomore, my English teacher, Mrs. Jodi Gerstmann, encouraged me to join the school newspaper and take my hobby of writing to the next level. I figured there was no harm in trying and, since then, discovered an enthusiasm for journalism as I met new people, worked with advisors and grew as a writer. Being editor this school year, I am thankful to have been pushed to join and find my future path.
As an aspiring writer, I realize the importance of being well-rounded and knowing about numerous subjects. Thus, I have been involved with Key Club, Hamilton N.E.W.S., Peer Leadership and National Honor Society. I am Senior Class President and Vice-President of the Student Government Association. Last summer, I was nominated to attend the Washington Journalism and Media Conference and spent six days meeting influential leaders in the media while working with students from around the country.
These extracurricular activities and academic opportunities have truly prepared me as a student and journalist. I have learned the values of hard work, compassion and determination in every decision I make and am grateful to have made many lifelong memories along the way.
As I take on this new endeavor, I respectfully ask for the reader’s assistance. If anyone has a topic they feel would make an interesting topic, please let me know. I am very open to new ideas and would love to hear them. Feel free to email me at MTucker@PulseMediaNJ.com
I look forward to starting work with the team Hamilton Pulse before I leave for Syracuse, and I am so grateful for all the support from family and friends that has gotten me to where I am today.