Danielle Black ’14
I started college at Millersville in the fall of 2011. I was going back to college at the age of 22, the age when most people are graduating. It was a bit intimidating but I had figured out what my passion was in life and wanted to strive for it. Which led to my first action of my college career, which was to be a part of the university newspaper, The Snapper. I had seen on the website that the Snapper was looking for a news editor position, and I jumped at it. I met with Michael Blackson, editor-in-chief, the next week, and then associate news editor, Laura Maginley, and then I was voted in at the next Snapper meeting as the new news editor. Such a proud moment in my life, what an honor to be a part of this organization.
Laura and I made a great news team. We fit perfectly and worked extremely well together, quite the duo. Also during this time, our then photography editor, David Lu, taught me the basics of photography and how to use the expensive camera equipment to take my own photos when I was covering an event. I was already learning so many new skills that I couldn’t learn anywhere else, things I couldn’t learn in a classroom. These skills I acquired by being hands on, going out there, and doing them. I went on to be the news editor of the Snapper for three years and associate news editor for one semester, I wrote and edited a countless number of articles, took many pictures and even represented the Snapper as Miss Snapper in the Miss Millersville competition in 2012. The Snapper was my home at Millersville.
Being the news editor came with a high level of responsibility, and I did make mistakes. For those of you who might not remember, one semester I chose to run an article on the front page of the newspaper that the administration did not agree with and we felt the heat for it, and the Snapper staff backed me in my decision. I was reprimanded by the administration, asked to print an apology/retraction and I did so, but I had the entire Snapper and my adviser with me every step of the way. They supported me even when I faltered, they were my backbone, and not many people can say that of their organization.
I got to experience what it was like to feel accomplished, seeing my name in the newspaper every week. There is no feeling in the world like when you have an amazing front cover, top of the fold news story which you wrote. I got to feel that being a part of the Snapper. Interviewing important people, and being the first reporter on the scene of an explosion on campus and be the first to break the story! How many people can say they got to do that at their university? Well I did, and I owe it all to my beloved Snapper.
I also learned real life lessons being a part of the Snapper. What it means to be a part of something truly great. This is because of the family that I made while being a part of the Snapper. Those bonds we created are going to last a lifetime, and will forever be with me. All the fun we had traveling and going to the National College Media Conventions, and our long, late Tuesday nights putting the newspaper together for print deadline. Those are memories that I will have with me for my entire life, memories I cherish. The Snapper has affected me in ways I never thought possible. Not only am I a better writer, editor, and communicator because of the Snapper, but I am also a better person all around. The Snapper has helped mold me into the person I am today, I am so grateful to have been a part of such an amazing organization. I would just like to say, thank you Snapper, for all you have done, not only for me but for all those before and after me as well. You have forever changed my life.
Danielle Black ’14