Most of the readers on this site are students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members. I am writing this letter to all of you, and our visitors, because I know how much fair and unbiased reporting means to each and every one of you. I want to take a moment to introduce myself. So here it goes.
Hi, my name is Lisamarie Demerjian and I was appointed this year‘s Editor-in-Chief of Endicott College’s newspaper, The Observer. I am a senior Digital Journalism major with a Business Administration minor. I am very excited to be working with editors: Alexxa Dussault, George Rosatone, Joe Barrett and Sarah Wolak. These new editors have such a strong passion for writing, photography, digital media and much more. I cannot wait to share the opportunities we were given by former Editor-in-Chief, Anthony Rinaldi and staff advisor, Katie Lovett. Therefore, I would like to thank Anthony and Katie for trusting my knowledge, skills and ability to provide and run a fair and unbiased media outlet. It is truly an honor being in this position.
To the veteran writers that are returning, welcome back! And to the rookies, we cannot wait for you to see what our paper is all about. Feel free to stop by every Monday at 5 p.m. in the Observer office (located in Lower Callahan).
My passion for writing stems from my adolescent years. When I was young, I hoped that I would be an author one day. I always would create Word documents and have my mom read them as if she were a book critic; she gave me great feedback.
It was not until high school that I knew being an author was not in my near future. Instead, I fell in love with journalism. Sophomore year, my Honors English teacher planned a class goal for making our final papers “A+” worthy. He took the time to know all of his students' strengths and weaknesses. His dedication to preparing all of us for our final paper and getting us toward our “A+” goal was truly inspiring. When we reached the end of the year, my teacher announced to the class that he knew that each and every one of us had something special within us to make the final assignment the best it can be. He made this decision based on individual meetings and what he had collectively seen in writing workshops, class assignments and more.
What I learned from this class and have carried with me through college is that essays, short assignments and articles are never fully complete. There will always be more to add to a story, more ideas to switch around and to edit and lastly, more to write.
Through several classes in high school and college, and the immense amount of opportunities I have been able to take, the more I know that journalism suits my lifestyle. Being a journalists allows me to inform the public of news that they may or may not have heard of. Informing the public is uplifting and makes me want to pursue my journey of informing people that are unaware of a situation.
At Endicott, my professors and peers have assisted me in finding life changing internships such as, working at local cable television stations, local newspapers and working for a Fox News affiliate. The Nest is a community where everyone can confide in each other which allows for a judgement - free zone and with that being said, I am proud to be a Gull.
I hope this letter allows everyone to get a better understanding of who I am as a student and a journalist. If you have any comments, questions, concerns or even an idea that you think the Observer should look into, do not be shy to reach out!
Have a great day!