Among those taking part in this year’s Student News Editors Workshop, held at The New York Times April 7 and organized in partnership with the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), was Louis LaVenture. He is the editor in chief of northern California student newspaper The Pioneer, which reports on all matters related to CSU East Bay in Hayward, Calif.
As LaVenture explains, post-New York visit, New York Times national editor Marc Lacey told a story at the workshop. As students, Lacey and a friend tried to gain access to the newspaper’s headquarters during a trip to New York, but were denied. They took a photo of themselves in front of the building and vowed one day that they would both work there. Today, Lacey and his college-days pal indeed do. So…:
I did the same thing. While I wasn’t denied entrance, I still took a picture in front so I can use it as my motivation to not only get hired there, but to continue to work toward my dream job of writing or editing at a publication as prestigious as the Times.
The trip lit a fire under me to finish school and made my classes exciting again, not because they are—trust me, Victorian-era British literature is not a class that screams fun—but because I know where my degree can lead me. From Hayward to New York, hopefully I can tell a room full of students my story some day, of how I went from South Hayward to the fifteenth floor of the Times that holds every Pulitzer Prize they won since 1918.
Love it. LaVenture has two semesters left, and we wish him all the best with his both is Victorian literature assignments and subsequent professional pursuits.
The original version of this item misspelled the first name of Lacey as Mark. Fishbowl apologizes for the error.