About the blogger

Sometimes simple choices make all the difference. I learned this when I enrolled in a journalism class at the suggestion of my guidance counselor when scheduling my classes for my junior year of high school.

From that point on, I’ve immersed myself in a profession that seeks to find answers and to provide context to a world that thrives on communication and information.

As a 16-year-old, I discovered my ability to ask questions, find answers and tell stories that captivated my audience’s attention. This first-hand experience bespoke of the power journalists (including those not yet old enough to vote) possessed to capture emotion, to add contextual value to public discussion and to press for needed changes in society.

My time as a reporter and then as editor for the school paper also instilled in me a healthy respect for the First Amendment and the need to teach others, especially young people, about its principles, values and protections so that new generations of Americans can continue to enjoy some of the most fundamental and basic freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution.

My life’s work after high school has reflected my commitment to the lessons I learned through my experience in scholastic media. (Some of which were a trial by fire at times.) While an undergrad at Kent State, I continued to refine my journalistic skills through hands-on work with student media. Upon graduation, I served as editor of a weekly community newspaper before returning to Kent State as a master’s student to study journalism education.

My time at the Center for Scholastic Journalism at Kent State has been graced by countless opportunities to immerse myself in the ever-changing world of scholastic journalism. My experiences here have run the gamut from conducting legal research to coordinating programming both for the Ohio Scholastic Media Association and a yearly ASNE Reynolds Institute for journalism advisers.

I’ve also worked closely with my former high school publication during the past several years as an assistant adviser. The time I spend each week with the students further reinforces my view of the need for quality scholastic journalism education to provide the necessary foundation for student publications and media outlets that can excel through engagement of their readers.

Thanks for reading!
Trevor Ivan

Feel free to contact me: tivan@kent.edu, @trevorivan (Twitter)

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