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Enjoying the New York tabloid experience while attending the National College Media Convention. Photo by Sabastian Wee

At the age of 18, I walked into the newsroom of The Crimson White student newspaper at the University of Alabama and said, “What do I do to work here?” I walked out with an assignment and a career.

After graduation, I spent 31 years in daily journalism, mostly in Atlanta. I was a reporter, editor and assistant bureau chief at The Associated Press for 17 years, followed by 10 years as an editor and reporter at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

I was coordinator of student publications at Georgia Perimeter College for three years, reviving an out-of-business student newspaper in fall 2009. The paper, The Collegian, was a Pacemaker Award finalist for the 2010-2011 year. A fall 2011 edition also won a “best of show” award at the National College Media Convention in Orlando.

A budget meltdown hit my college in summer 2012, and I was one of more than 200 laid off. I freelanced for a hospital magazine and worked some writing shifts at CNN Digital while looking for another student media job.

The search finally paid off. On Jan. 1, 2014, I joined Georgia Southern University as director of student media.

I now can be found on our beautiful campus in Statesboro, on Twitter (@adviserdavid) and at College Media Association conferences twice a year.

  1. I love your blog, David. Please keep up the good work. Oh, and thanks for including me in your blog roll!

  2. David, Congratulations on the new job. I’m the student media adviser down the road at SCAD. GSU grad and proud former George-Anne managing editor. All the best. Hopefully I’ll see you around at some of the student media events.

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