As the Director of News Content, she is responsible for finding news and creating stories that have an effect on Simpson students and the Indianola community. Once she finds the stories, she assigns them out to her writers to create articles for the newspaper. She is available for any guidance her writers may need along the way. When the writers finish their articles, she then edits the content and assists the layout editor with page design. One of the goals of this year’s staff is to create a 24 hour news source available to students. They are getting closer to this goal with a focus on online content.
Communication courses at Simpson College have helped Sylvia to succeed in this leadership role. With her editing and design course, she has developed strong AP style skills and further her ability to edit the works of others. In history of media technology, the style of writing in this course helped her to write, edit, and understand the importance of strong writing skills. Finally, her first Simpsonian course allowed her to step up into leadership roles because she was able to familiarize herself with the process. “The professors at Simpson have helped push me the extra step,” says Koss.
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