It’s a strange feeling coming back to my hometown and working with a paper I used to read every day. It feels like things coming full circle in a lot of ways. It’s somewhat bittersweet, because it reminds me of how much time I really spent away from Duncan in the last few years, and how little I remember or ever knew about the town I call home. At the same time, it’s encouraging. I am looking forward to getting to know everyone I used to know and all the new people I will meet through my experience with The Duncan Banner.
I started down the path of journalism when I first entered high school. It was an accident; I hadn’t ever really considered journalism as a career, or even a pastime, but a chance encounter with the editor-in-chief of the Demon Pitchfork, Duncan High School’s student newspaper, opened a door for me I probably would never have opened myself. After four years of staff experience in high school, ending with one year as a Co-Managing editor alongside a close friend and peer, and 5 years studying at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, I am ready and excited to start my professional career in journalism.
It was my passion for stories which kept me going down this path in earnest. In the beginning it was mostly for the fun. Fun with classmates and teachers, and the memories made racing rolling chairs through the hallways of an empty school at 10 p.m. But over time I began to discover and understand what the press is really here for — to protect the public’s rights and to give a voice to the voiceless. It is this love for others, and my sense of duty to share their stories with an audience they, themselves, are not able to reach, that propels me forward. I’m looking forward to being a part of this staff and family who share in those beliefs.
To contact Skyler, call 580-255-5354 Ext. 133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.