My name is Ren LaForme and I am currently the senior managing editor for The Spectrum, the only independent student publication at UB.
Writing for The Spectrum changed my life. Two years ago I was a C-average psychology major with no plan for the future. Now, I’m still a C-average psychology major, but I have ambitions, experience and a thorough understanding of AP style. However, I believe that nobody is ever done learning – so I am taking this class to further my ambitions and broaden my experiences.
Now that I hold a position of influence at The Spectrum, I am working with my peers towards improving the paper. We are currently in the midst of a complete layout overhaul and we are shifting our focus to adapt to new technology. For instance, this year we created a new Web site with Facebook account integration and we instituted a Twitter account.
I encourage all students who are interested in journalism to give The Spectrum a whirl. You can join by signing up for ENG 396 section SPC for the spring semester or by visiting our office at 132 Student Union.
The Spectrum has been serving the UB community for 59 years. Did you know that Tom Toles, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist from the Washington Post, is a Spectrum alumnus? Or that Ben Cady, managing editor at The Spectrum from 2004-05, is Governor David Paterson’s speechwriter?
I can guarantee that if you join The Spectrum, you will leave with a more thorough understanding of the journalism field, a deeper insight into the University at Buffalo community and some fun stories.
I’ll share some of those stories with you next time…