Senior Farewell: Shelby

By Shelby Clayton


Growing up I always wanted to be a journalist. Nellie Bly was my hero and I truly believed that I could be just like her, give a voice to people that didn’t have one. I wanted to tell people’s stories. When I came to college I never imagined that I would be able to make my dreams come true. Texan News gave me the opportunity to become a journalist, to tell people’s stories.

I began writing for Texan News my second semester of college and now, five years later, this is the last thing that I will write for it. I have written stories about the Eddie Ray Routh trial, the stock horse team and the removal of Confederate flags from a cemetery, among others. Texan News has given me the ability to learn how to tell stories and that experience is irreplaceable.

In my time at Texan News I have been the editor of both the magazine and the newspaper and produced my own show. I have worked here while I worked on both my undergraduate and graduate degrees. At orientation I was told how much I would enjoy being in class with Dan and Kathryn, but I what I didn’t expect was how grateful I would be for all the opportunities they would give me.

You would think that for a writer words would be easy to come by, but there are not enough words to convey how much I owe to Dan and Kathryn. Their guidance has meant the world to me, whether it was about work, life or other interests. Thank you to everyone at Texan News throughout the years. Your guidance throughout the years has been invaluable to me. I’m excited to see what the future holds for me and for Texan News.

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