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A Word from Your Web Content Manager

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by Emily Parma
Web Content Manager

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Some of the KTSW Web Content staff members!

I wanted to take a minute to tell you all what KTSW means to me.

When I was a freshman, I was not involved in anything, and I desperately wanted a place to belong to. You too may have experienced that not being involved in anything may lead to lowered confidence. I received the mass e-mail from the school about applications for KTSW-FM 89.9, and I decided to give it a shot. In high school, I was involved in Newspaper for three years, and although I decided Education was my field of choice in college, I missed the environment of journalism and media. Although radio is far different than newspaper, I decided to give it a shot.

I applied for the Web Content department as a web editor, which meant editing and posting stories to the Blog. I had never had a job before, or a formal volunteer position on a staff, so I was nervous. I remember everyone being so friendly when I came into the station for the first time inside Old Main. I fell in love with the building, enjoyed the atmosphere from just going inside, and landed a volunteer position on the Web Content staff. I had office hours every day, but pretty soon was at KTSW even when I did not have office hours. That’s what happens when you start working here; it sucks you in. I was here so often and did my best at what I was asked to do because it made me feel good. It is selfish really, to want to work hard because it makes me feel confident, but this is the truth. The harder I worked, the better it reflected on the web content staff and the more confident I felt. I felt needed and was finally happy to find a place to belong.

Sophomore year I landed an assistant position for the Web Content department, and then for the second half of that year I became the manager. With this position came leadership, and a whole lot of talking. As an individual, I struggle with public speaking. Working here has made me face that fear, which can only make my public speaking better. As a manager, I transitioned from writing or editing stories to managing people. It was a joy to see other people come in as new students, just like I had, and find what makes them happy. Here at KTSW, you can come in not having experience and gain it, as much as you want. As a volunteer, you have the option to create your own resume; what you put into it is what you get out of it. That sounds cheesy, but you really create your own experience here. If you want to challenge yourself, you have many content options here.

Most people here are Electronic Media majors, or something media related. For me as a Special Education major, I am not here to gain an internship or build a media resume, but I am here because I enjoy it. You do not have to be a certain major to be hired; you just have to want to be here. You have to put forth effort and dedication. No matter what major you are, you can use the skills you learn here in the real world. As a future teacher, having management experience is important. Any job in the future involves people, leadership skills, and confidence. I encourage anyone interested in writing, broadcasting, editing and finding a place to belong to to apply.

Here at KTSW, there is no certain profile that ‘fits,’ there is simply a cohesive team made up of diverse individuals that come together with the same goal in mind; to be heard.

If you or someone you know is interested in being a part of the family, apply online this Monday, October 5, at ktsw.net.

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