To Whom It May Concern:
My name is Carley Bonk and I am interested in the position of editor-elect at The Globe. Journalism to me means the constant pursuit of knowledge. Education is a beautiful aspect of human nature and as a journalist, I will have the opportunity to be exposed to new people, ideas and cultures every day. I am more than willing to take on the tremendous responsibility of being a first responder to both the most tragic and joyful events in our existence.
I am enamored by the press life through my involvement with Point Park University’s newspaper The Globe as a staff writer, copy editor and features section editor. My time here has been a transformative experience. As a transferred, commuting student, the newspaper has offered me an opportunity to meet new people and tell their stories through an honest voice. I’ve learned so much in reporting, editing and laying out pages by working with my talented, passionate classmates. If I were to take on this position, I would strive to continue building a positive environment where we work to better ourselves and help our fellow journalists to do the same.
In the future, I hope to be able to mold The Globe into a more multimedia-focused news service. I’ve already begun working on this vision with the help of my co-editor, Matt Petras, and current editor-in-chief, Alex Popichak. With our new weekly segment, Pioneer Public, we’ve begun to mold our paper into more than just print journalism, an endeavor I hope to continue with my remaining time at Point Park. By practicing the tools I’m learning in the classroom on the street with real people in my community, I’ve realized this is what I’m meant to do.
I also recently began a blog in order to organize my published pieces and practice journalism as much as I can on my own time. By blogging, I am able to give myself a beat and gather an audience to comment and share their own ideas that may improve my own writing. An important aspect of journalism is having an open relationship with the audience, which I hope to emulate through my blog.
I invite you to visit Walkaway Words, a place where I am able to write down my observations and experiences. It is always a work in progress, but this platform gives me a greater glimpse into the world of multimedia journalism. An opportunity to practice my craft in a leadership position such as this would continue to mold me into the journalist I hope to become.
Thank you for taking the time to consider my application.