By Lauryn Nania
Amanda Andrews knew since the third grade that writing would remain a passion in her life.
“I had a project where I had to cover Fallingwater, which kind of tied to journalism. I was interested in informational writing from a really young age,” Andrews said. “I was really excited to put together what was my first comprehensive writing piece at the time.”
Andrews is now a junior multimedia student at Point Park University. Her interest in journalism continued to develop throughout her life from the third grade, and she currently is the editor-elect at Point Park’s student operated newspaper, The Globe.
In the spring of 2020, Andrews applied for the position of editor-elect. Andrews gathered necessities like her resume, writing samples and a mission statement containing her goals for The Globe. From there, she was interviewed from a panel of about seven people involved in Student Affairs and School of Communications for the position including Aimee-Marie Dorsten, an associate communications professor and adviser of The Globe.
Dorsten explained the interdependence of the interview process. She said that the interview is necessary to know the capabilities of the candidate, but also explain the requirements and expectations of ediot-elect so the candidate better understands “what they’re getting into.”
Dorsten said what stood out to her about Andrews’ interview was her understanding of how to lead, a crucial component for an editor-elect.
“What I think was rare about her as a student, was that she already has the sense of confidence of her capabilities,” Dorsten said. “Other students know what their qualities are in terms of being a leader, and they’re kind of asking us to verify that. But [Andrews] doesn’t really need to be verified from someone older than her. She already seems to know what she’s good at, and she wants a chance to do it.”
Andrews received the news that she would be named The Globe’s next editor-elect shortly after her interview.
“I went and told my whole family,” Andrews said. “It felt like everything that I have worked for was finally paying off, so it was very, very nice.”
Andrews came to Point Park in 2018 starting as a political science major. Even then she knew she wanted to be a part of the news outlet because of its quality, she said. The Globe requires each story, excluding opinions and reviews, to contain a minimum of three sources.
“We’re seeing, especially in the coronavirus pandemic, I feel like sort of a decrease in the overall quality of journalism. There will often be one source stories or even stories without sources in major outlets,” Andrews said. “But [The Globe is] very firm in our standards, and have continued to be throughout the pandemic.”
After a lot of “soul searching,” Andrews switched majors from political science to journalism to multimedia. In the current digital age Andrews believed it would be more appropriate to pursue a degree that involves a variety of skills. As of the fall semester of 2020, Andrews remains on the path of receiving a degree in multimedia.
“As a journalist, you’re not only expected to know how to write, but you have to be proficient in graphic design, you have to know how to take photography, and use your copy that you write in a lot of different aspects, not just for writing articles.” Andrews said.
When Andrews joined The Globe with her interest in politics, she began as a beat writer for the Student Government Association. Since her start, her roles at The Globe transformed from beat writer to co-news editor for the Arts and Entertainment section to her current position as editor-elect.
Andrews wrote for Mount Lebanon High School’s newspaper for two and a half years before she committed to Point Park.
“It ended up deciding a lot in my life which was kind of surprising,” Andrews said.
Dawn Begor, the teacher that advised Mt. Lebanon’s student newspaper, was a pivotal figure in Andrews’ journalism interest. Andrews said that she was “truly remarkable” in guiding the student writers of the newspaper.
“I was covering protests when I was in the 10th grade,” Andrews said. “She pushed us to really go beyond what was expected.”
“I’ve always wanted to run a newspaper. My father was a newspaper carrier, so I’ve had a passion for newspapers for a really long time,” Andrews said. “I felt that I had the vision and the drive to be able to manage stories and editors, and really make The Globe into a premiere student newspaper that produces the best quality work that we could do.”
Andrews has been working alongside Jordyn Hronec, The Globe’s current editor-in-chief, during the current academic year.
When The Globe was preparing to seek their next editor-elect, Andrews was the first person to come to Hronec’s mind due to Andrews’ experience working as an editor for multiple sections in The Globe.
Aside from Andrews’ writing experience, Hronec explained that with the many duties the editor-in-chief holds, there can be moments where she forgets to do certain things, but Andrews always “effortlessly and gracefully picked up the slack.”
“Honestly, I don’t think I could feel more comfortable passing the reins off [to Andrews,]” Hronec said. “She’s already working really hard on recruiting and advertising The Globe to get more people to join.”
Andrews will work her first issue of The Globe from editor-elect to editor-in-chief the first week of the fall 2021 semester.
“The Globe is going to be great with [Andrews] in charge, and especially reestablishing The Globe after the pandemic year we’ve just had,” Hronec said.
In regards to the vision for The Globe under Andrews’ leadership, she has goals towards strengthening The Globe’s digital presence. Andrews said she plans to “revamp The Globe’s website” including more photography as their photographer’s works are more prominent in the print editions compared to the website’s version.
Andrews plans on expanding social media presence as well. She wants to include more photojournalism on Instagram because she believes it would be “very nice exposure for [photojournalists’] work.”
Aside from the technical aspects, Andrews wants The Globe’s work environment to remain mental health conscious as it was under Hronec’s leadership.
“We’ve had a lot of staff writers and editors come to me and [Hronec] and say that this was the first year where they didn’t feel overwhelmed with The Globe, or that they felt their mental health was a priority,” Andrews said.
Andrews knew from a young age that she was fascinated with writing, and she foresees it being a part of her future after she leaves The Globe and Point Park.
“I’d be happiest anywhere where I could be a writer or be doing something with the media with the things I’ve learned from The Globe,” Andrews said.