My name is Caitlin Stockert, and I am a freshman here at Valley City State University. I grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota where I lived with my Mom, Dad, and sister, Nicole. When I was younger I tried basketball and volleyball and gymnastics and swimming and ballet and archery, but none of them ever worked out. It wasn’t until high school that I realized my skill set lied in my creative abilities more so than my athletic abilities. I joined cheerleading which helped me become more outgoing and confident. I was in cheerleading for five years, and as cliché as it sounds, in those five years I learned more about being a great leader than I could have ever hoped to. Being a leader isn’t about telling people what needs to be done; it’s about showing people. That is the most important lesson cheerleading has taught me along with perseverance and commitment. It wasn’t until I became an editor for my school’s literary magazine (an assortment of writing and art pieces compiled into one cohesive book) that I learned how to express myself and show off my confidence. As an editor I wrote creative pieces, created graphic art, and designed layouts. However, my main role was to oversee the graphic design and typography that went into the book. Literary magazine not only allowed me to express myself but also led me to achieve one of my greatest accomplishments: earning First Place Best of Show at a national journalism conference two years in a row. My passion for journalism is what inspired me to major in communications with a minor in marketing. With that I hope to someday work as a graphic designer and become filthy stinking rich. All jokes aside, I just hope to someday do what I love.
Published by Steven Listopad
Steven Listopad, Henderson State University faculty and NDSU PhD candidate, has been an assistant professor of JMC and student media director at two North Dakota universities. He’s received honors from the Hefner Foundation, AEJMC, JEA, and SCJ for his work with New Voices USA and currently coordinates the New Voices USA website and the national campaign in conjunction with SPLC. His converged student media center at UJ was a finalist in North Dakota’s annual professional entrepreneurial competition, InnovateND, and he was a Scripps Fellow for Entrepreneurial Journalism. He has taught journalism in China, France, Italy, and Norway. He is currently the ieiMedia program director for OsloRocks, a music and culture international journalism experience. Listopad has been a member of CMA since 2005 and has served on the CMA and ACP Advisory Councils. He was chair of the CMA Adviser Awards Committee from 2013 to 2015. Listopad was honored with CMA’s Distinguished Multimedia Adviser Award in 2010 and has received two CMA Presidential Citations. View all posts by Steven Listopad