By Mitchell Bolton– Arts Director
As the art director, my job is to create the physical newspaper. With the help of five section editors, two digital editors, an illustrator and an editor-in-chief, we put something out every month that covers topics from campus news to members of the Lasell community. Most of my team members are communication majors. But, once we start talking about concentrations, things get a little different. I am a communication major with a concentration in creative advertising. The majority of my counterparts are journalism and media writing concentrations.
For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in advertising and the de- sign that goes with it. During my first year, I looked for anything on campus where I could use these skills. After my search, I ended up landing on the decision of sticking with The 1851 Chronicle. Here, I get to use all of these skills.
Even though most of the other editors are journalism majors, I am not treated as if I’m ignorant of journalism practices. I end up bringing a different point of view to how we come up with ideas. While people are concerned with the content of a story and how well it reads, I am focused on making sure that the story fits in the size of space that I made for it. The reporters go out to help better inform students, faculty and staff, while I am in the office making sure everything is set up to bring different voices to life.
The skills I learned throughout my time with the newspaper will end up helping me in the long run. The talent used to come up with headlines for stories is the same talent used to come up with headlines for print advertisements. Even though I am not a journalism major, I’m still learning valuable skills. Keep your mind open to opportunities, you never know what might happen.