Adviser Update Summer 2016 - Page 39

Media Alumni Remember Why Legal Support Matters 39 The situation … became freedom of the press rather than writing a negative review of a school play. What I learned was never to give up, and that is something I have used my whole life. — REUNITED TRIO 1982 executive board members Christine Zrinsky, Kristin Jass-Armstrong and Val Anthony Schreiner resume their leader roles as EchoXtra 2015 committee chair, event emcee and ad sponsor respectively. In their professional roles, they respectively raise millions of philanthropic dollars for the zoo, create diverse cultural opportunities for a community and promote innovative educational opportunities for the nation. Photo by Ray Cubberley Katherine Bryant, 1969, political analyst and almost into the danger zone but in a relatively safe environment. — Dan Tani, writer, Nashville, Tennessee 1979, former NASA astronaut, senior director, By Howard Spanogle Because of the Echo experience, we bring civic and intellectual curiosity to all of our endeavors. We bring the tools of inquiry and research to our tasks. We are relentless thinkers, and some of us are known as relentless editors. We are interpreters and translators of the truth, and we seek to discover and reveal it in context and with integrity. — Debbie Dance, 1974, county attorney, Cobb County, Georgia. There was an expectation that we were going to be original thinkers.. It was not only about having a good idea but also about reproducing it and making it real for the readers. — Ryan McManus, 1990, global director of strategy consulting, New Orbital ATK, Dulles, Virginia Journalism teaches students how to write, how to think, how to tell stories and how to be responsible about the facts. I remember so clearly Mr. Spanogle defending me and the lesson that came from the responsibility of having free speech and also the responsibility to protect it. He taught us how to write, how to be logical and how to present a case. We learned to think, how to ask questions, how to get answers. We learned how to ask what was going on in a situation and to figure things out. I think more than anything else we all learned responsibility. We learned the skills, a worldview and ethic. That all came out of this little paper that we had. — Jeff Jarvis, 1970, LLP, Chicago professor, City University of New York; started Entertainment Weekly. Jass Armstrong, 1982, executive director, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Michigan. There is something important for us about asking the hard questions to people in power. To listen carefully to what is said, how it is said, why they are saying it and what is being left unsaid. The skills that we have in editing should make us more acutely aware of how things are manipulated, abused or misrepresented. It should force us to say, “The truth you see can never be refuted.” — Greg Jao, 1986, vice president and director of campus engagement, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. consultant/researcher, Columbia, South Carolina. Doyle, 1984, tax partner, Latham & Watkins Publishing a newspaper is the best real-world opportunity. It forces you as a student to take everything you’ve got and hurl it all at the job. Publishing is far more than the writing. It involves teamwork, leadership, bravery, analysis. You have to get it right and then do it all over again. In high school, you are doing it on a scale that you can handle and that can impact you for the rest of your life. — Kristin York. The most important thing that I learned was to question authority. To me that was a real eye opener. I felt empowered to be able to do that. I felt being on the news