My memories of The Voice

*Editor’s Note: As part of our final print issue, The Voice reached out to past editors to talk about their favorite memories of writing for the paper. Lauren Bookwalter was with the Voice from 2018-19 and was Editor-in-Chief in the spring of 2019.

While I didn’t work for the Voice for a long time, I do have memories of working for it that I will cherish forever. I got to do fun and amazing things for the Voice that I probably would not have been able to do anywhere else. At my time at the Voice I was able to attend the Flying Burrito Concert with my online editor and write about the experience. It was amazing, I got to see bands up close and talk to local artists of Arizona. While I was working for the Voice, I also got the opportunity to go to a conference in San Diego; myself and three other members from our team went and it was a rewarding experience. I learned a lot about journalism and even got to mingle with people from the U of A, which is where I ended up continuing my education after GCC.

One thing I will never forget is the amount of time and work I put into each issue. Since the team we had was very small, I was the only one doing the layout for the eight-page paper that came out every month. I would have never been able to do it if I didn’t have such wonderful reporters and a great advisor pushing me to get it done. Every issue one of the reporters would do the honors of making the artwork for the front cover. One issue was on gun violence, and the reporter made a very controversial cover.

She took a public domain picture of a man smiling, blurred out the eyes and wrote gun violence across his face with targets in the o’s. My advisor and I spent a while trying to decide whether it would cause us trouble, but I made the decision to run it, thinking that the artwork was too interesting and time consuming to switch it. Instead of getting horrible backlash, lots of people praised the Voice for its artwork and I think it was one of our most popular issues that semester.

Working for the Voice made my experience at GCC amazing. I met the most interesting people, made the most amazing friends, and really grew while I was editor. I am most grateful for the people that worked with me. The most rewarding part of the job was watching my reporters grow as journalists and develop their interests within the subject. One of my reporters loved the theater and I suggested he write reviews on the plays that happen at GCC. It was such an amazing experience watching the reporter get excited about journalism and writing reviews. That reporter ended up becoming the online editor the next semester.

I must say that working for the Voice really helped me grow as a person and as a reporter and I will be forever grateful for the memories I made while I was working for the paper.