April 7 is our final issue for the year, and before we take a break until September we wanted to share our experiences with our readers.
Thank you to the University of Windsor, it’s staff and all of the students for another successful year and we look forward to continuing to bring you all your campus and local news in the new academic year!
I’ve been with The Lance for two years now and it’s been one hell of a ride. Year one was a struggle for me, I had spent the entire year balancing studying Media Convergence full time, working here, working a part time job elsewhere and balancing my passion of performing comedy. It helped me create a strong work ethic and helped me learn to really manage my time. But that was year one, this is supposed to be about year two.
Working here gave me a really big opportunity, I was able to quit my other part time job and spend three months working on my passion for comedy and photography. I was also able to help change the design a bit by working with Jolene to change the colours and a few small choices in the overall design I had made the year before. When I studied Journalism I found I did really well with Layout and Design, and I used my abilities to work at the college paper, which helped lead to working here.
The Lance has taught me a lot: how to balance time, the benefits of hard work and dedication and how not all places actually feel like work. It never felt like a responsibility for me, I would come in, put on Spotify and spend the next couple of hours putting things into place like I was working on several puzzles. It almost felt like a game sometimes – but if the people in charge of hiring for the lance are reading this, it totally felt like work. So stressful – Okay now that they’re gone, honestly it was a total blast.
I met a lot of talented young journalists who I can call friends, not colleagues. Seeing them improve week after week and produce high quality work was always amazing. Every story I put into the paper made me realize how talented the staff and interns are here. Overall this was an experience I’m glad I took part in and I’m thankful for all the people I’ve met along the way.
It’ll be weird putting this into this year’s final paper, chances are I’ll see it and reread it. If that does happen, future Chris, don’t forgot to tape the season finale of Walking Dead. Thanks for one hell of a year, hopefully you’ll see more of me in the future.
This year as the Advertising Manager for The Lance has been an amazing one.
I wanted to work for The Lance because we have similar values. The Lance is known as the official student newspaper for the University of Windsor. Being a fellow student here, I care about the student body. This was a role where I could use my marketing skills to book advertising space for clients that would suit student needs.
I book advertising space in the paper for clients within and outside of the Windsor community. I provide clients with information about the paper and book their contracts.
Everyone here shares the same values of providing students with the stories that they need and want to enjoy. My co-workers are amazing and I’ve enjoyed working with everyone.
Being Advertising Manager has kept me on my toes, I had to work with bi-weekly deadlines, multitask, manage multiple clients at once and organize accordingly.
I’ve learned so much and it can all be summed up in one word: perseverance. I have been told “no” many times this year. However, I did not let that get me down. I’ve had to take different approaches – rethink my pitch to clients, highlight different aspects of what our paper has to offer and to literally think outside the box to bring in new clients.
A life lesson that I will take from this role is to not give up very easily. There are many ways to succeed at a task and eventually one of them will work.
The Lance Contributor
Recently I got the opportunity to work for the The Lance newspaper as an intern writer and also as a volunteer. Being actively involved with covering various stories and pouring my thoughts on paper aided me in enhancing my writing skills and also getting a taste of working for a medium which conveys information to the people by the voice of the students.
The irony of working with such a form of media changed my perception of how things work within an environment imbued with constricted deadlines and the materials being presented to the public. The staff of The Lance are dedicated towards the stories they want to share with the people and I experienced that myself because of my passion for writing. Whether it be art related stories or stories expressing social awareness, the experience of it all has been valuable in my own progression as an aspiring writer.
The culmination of all these involvements have so far aided me in evaluating my own position in society and cultivate my ability to formulate stories in order to reach out to people. The Lance has given me that opportunity to imbue my writing style to it and so far, it has been quite a journey. I believe every person who happens to have a penchant for writing and needs a platform for his/her voice to be heard, such established mediums like newspapers, magazines, internet and TV help to make that happen and in my case, learning how things work in The Lance gave me an insight as to how the process of publication develops.
Moreover, I would like to add that the people I met, whether it be artists or social workers, every one of them had an interesting motive behind what they were doing and that motivated me to give a voice to their actions through the power of the press and I thank The Lance and its staff members for giving me that chance.
The Lance Contributor
Writing for The Lance has been everything I wanted it to be and more. It has given me the opportunity to write about my favorite hobby: watching movies. The Lance has allowed me to get my voice out into the public forum and to start building a portfolio of review work that will help me once I leave the University.
Talking about movies and entertainment is something I’m hoping I can turn into a career and working as a volunteer for The Lance is just the first stepping stone in helping me achieve that.
I am beyond thankful to my editors who have given me this opportunity and I can’t wait to continue producing great content for our community of readers. To describe it in one word, my time writing for The Lance has been invaluable.
My stay at the Lance has been somewhat of a busy one. As a full-time student, a musician, a volunteer, an extracurricular extraordinaire and a founder and owner of a non-profit you learn how to balance – and by balance I mean take everything day by day.
The Lance has been almost an escape from the business. It’s something I love doing – getting out there, meeting amazing people with amazing stories and then writing about it. The Lance is less of a job than it is a pleasure and I was always told growing up, “Do something you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” Here at The Lance, I feel and live these words.
That’s not to say it’s been all fun and games, I’ve learned a lot but this year has definitely been a step forward in my career, in my life and towards the ultimate future I hope to achieve.
There is not much negative to say about the year but if there were one thing, it would be parking. As someone who works for the university it is at times frustrating I have to spend money for parking every time I come out and I’m in and out multiple times every day, so it definitely adds up.
That being said, I’ve worked with the most amazing staff who has your back all the way. They are all very supportive, understanding and most definitely forgiving.
I, being the baby of the writing crew, have learned a lot from the staff here. It’s been a family and I’m glad to have met and learned so much from these individuals, not just about work but about life as well.
Thank you so much for the great year U of W!
This year at The Lance has produced more growth and production then I ever imagined was possible.
From a development standpoint, The Lance has been instrumental in my maturation as a sports journalist and a professional in all aspects of my life.
I have progressed in my basic fundamental skills like conducting thorough interviews, taking effective notes and editing in CP style while maintaining a quality local sports news product week-in and week-out.
The ability to write about all of the local sports teams for The Lance has been a very rewarding experience. When covering as many as nine separate teams at once, I was able to appreciate the everyday grind of sports once again.
As a former athlete visiting the battlefield with a pen instead of a sword, the ability to see athletes give everything they have simply for the name on their jersey has been truly humbling.
As the brother of a deceased sister who was a former Lancer Track athlete – Kari (Hedges) Yeboah – being a part of the Lancer Family has helped me grow, more than the readers of The Lance will ever know.
I am very proud of the athletes and teams who I have covered in my time as a journalist because the relationships I have established through my work at The Lance have turned into countless friendships. As a whole, I value these friendships and acquaintances beyond anything I accrued in my time with this paper.
I’ve been on both ends of the emotional spectrum while doing this job – a statement many in the field of journalism can make. The difference between what others do and what we do at The Lance is simple – we’re hungrier.
Hungry to provide the truth at all costs, hungry to uphold the public’s right to know and hungry to make ourselves better for the people on campus and throughout the community who believe in what we do.
The Lance Contributor
My time at the Lance was brief. I was there for only a week to fill in for a friend who was on vacation. However, despite my contribution being short, the list of things I learned and accomplished is not.
I completed a total of seven articles during my work period. I know seven doesn’t seem like a lot but my average before then was about one a week because I would only do them for my beat reporting class at school. Writing was and still is something I love but my preferred method of news reporting was TV broadcast. However, my week at The Lance renewed my passion for the written word and I’ve done almost nothing but print since then.
Working for The Lance also gave me a taste of the real-world industry. My only experience in journalism so far had come from school. I am about to graduate from journalism at St. Clair College and, although the program is great and gives a good idea of the work world, it was still a shock to be thrown into the industry so quickly. I had to quickly learn and adapt to be able to go from one article a week to seven. Time management is something I have always been good at but in only that one week, I became even better. Receiving feedback on my work from outside of school was also hugely beneficial because it provided a different perspective and helped me grow as a writer and a journalist.
So, while my week at The Lance wasn’t perfect, it was still an amazing experience to have had. I learned so much about the journalism industry and myself. I’m very grateful to have received a message one day that said “can you do me a favor?” because that’s the reason I had the wonderful opportunity to work with The Lance and the people who bring it to life every week.
I’ll admit that when I first took the job, I was expecting it to be super easy; boy was I wrong. Not only do you have to know every single business’s hours to deliver to them, but also attract new businesses and make sure people’s voices and opinions are heard. You basically play the role of customer service for a newspaper and I grew to love it over time, as I got better.
What I love about the job is that it allowed me to see parts of the city that I didn’t even know existed. Every section feels like a different community with different personalities that never seem to overlap. It even showed me some of my now favorite food spots in the city, like Walkerville Tavern and Little White Kitchen Bakery.
What made each trip rewarding was seeing people read and interacting with the paper. It always felt good knowing that something you did contributed to people liking the material, even if it was a simple “Thank You” when you drop off the papers. This was a very rewarding job to me in that respect and I urge fellow students to try their hand at it at least once.
P.S- Be nice to cops and custodians. They will help you out if you do.
The Lance Contributor
Another year for The Lance coming to a close! The time has absolutely flown by since September and it’s hard to believe this is our last issue until the fall.
This has been my third year contributing to The Lance. I started out in 2013 for exposure and the chance to be published; with a background in journalism, it was a very important step I needed to take. After the first couple of pieces, contributing quickly turned into writing for the fun of it. The arts beat is one I didn’t think I’d end up wanting to do, but after jumping into it, it’s hard to imagine writing about anything else.
Looking back, this was a year of branching out and embracing some new projects, like opinion pieces/editorials. I was nervous at first, but now that the pieces have been put out there, I’ve definitely found a love for a writing style I previously considered to be a passing fancy. Who’d want to read my take on something?
To my delight, our Editor-in-Chief encouraged me to take some ideas and run with them, and I couldn’t be more grateful. It was really exciting and I absolutely hope to do many more pieces like them in the future, in addition to articles.
And with that, I’d like to thank both our audience and our staff for the honor of allowing me to write for you once again. Have a great summer, and we’ll see you in the fall!
When I joined The Lance roughly a year and a half ago, it was admittedly for selfish reasons. Feeling like my Journalism diploma was going to waste, I went in with the priority to establish a portfolio and improve my craft. Nothing else. While it definitely succeeded in providing these two benefits, this past year gradually became about something much more. For what could possibly be for the first time, I found myself truly involved in the community, be it the campus or the surrounding cityscape.
I’ve lived in Windsor for the better half of my life. There’s a difference between living in an environment, and actually knowing and understanding its nooks and crannies. When I started working at The Lance, I realized just how little I knew about my own home. There’s so much more that goes on here than meets the eye, and tends to be either overlooked or taken for granted. If you search hard enough you can find a community that carries a sense of pride and generosity. It’s not without cracks, and you can certainly make a case for it currently undergoing an identity crisis. But never should it undermine the genuine good held in this town, and how deeply enriched it is culturally.
There’s no single word to express my gratitude towards what this modest, yet passionate and effective publication has done for me. I’m extraordinarily lucky and privileged to say my job included seeing the wide variety of works and innovations this community has to offer. Like any job, it had its headaches and frustrations, and an assignment here and there felt like a slog. But it was never the same week twice. It was always something different. Something exciting. I already look forward to starting it back up again come the next academic year.
The lock and key has been placed on what I’d like to believe was a strong year for us, and personally this year also greatly moulded my thoughts and feelings of the city I’ve come to greatly appreciate, warts and all.
I’ve learned so much, and I intend on keep learning.
As my second season with The Lance comes to a close, I can’t help but stand back in disbelief. What my staff and I have accomplished in just two years time, what we have overcome – it’s humbling.
I’ve always been a writer and photographer. I enjoy talking with people and being the front-runner. For the first year, I was able to do this a bit but the paper needed help in other areas. So this year I’ve taken a big step back behind the scenes. I took myself out of the front lines and sent my three editors and all our volunteers out to be the face of The Lance while I managed the business, coached our Editors and volunteers, took time with our advertising manager and clients, and really let my three Editors run the show.
The results have been phenomenal. I couldn’t ask for a better team of writers in this office. The final result in this issue, compared to the initial content of our first issue – it’s comparing apples to oranges at this point. I’ve enjoyed being able to sit down with each of them, mold them from budding young journalists to knowledgeable professionals. Week by week, I’ve watched my Editors improve their writing and enhance their photography skills. They’ve gone from generic quotes in their stories to showing true emotion from their sources. I’ve been able to assist Shanice in tracking down advertising clients, help her with her persuasiveness and sales pitches and teach her more about the print industry. I’ve been able to sit back and watch Chris enhance our layout, making our bold blue and gold colors show. All of this has only been possible because of my amazing team, and I couldn’t be more proud.
The print industry is changing, and we are moving to catch up. Going into our 89th season, my team and I want to make changes and see this paper continue to progress. The Lance has been around since Assumption University stood where UWindsor stands today. It is one of the oldest news sources in Windsor, and we continue to be committed to bringing out students coverage of their events week after week.
I’ve learned much more in this position than I would have ever dreamed to. I was a budding young journalist myself two years ago, without any substantial management experience. The Lance has allowed me to grow a paper from the business standpoint, and to assist my team in their journeys as well, and I couldn’t be more honored.
I look forward to seeing The Lance progress into it’s 89th season, and many more after that, and I thank the students, faculty and staff at the University of Windsor for giving us the opportunity to do what we love every day. But most importantly, I want to thank my staff for always having my back. For committing to publishing great articles, and for always rising up to the challenges. They are the true heroes of The Lance and I am proud to call them my colleagues.