Everyone gets their start somewhere. For me it was the day I applied for a design position with UMass Dartmouth's student newspaper, The Torch. I interviewed to become a new member of the design team—instead I was asked to lead the design team as design editor.
Around the same time I was also accepted into a part-time design role with a group of local weekly papers in the area, Hathaway Publishing. Gaining some hands-on experience at Hathaway that I could then utilize in my working with The Torch was nothing short of tremendous.​​​​​​​
After two years of leading the design team, I was promoted to managing editor for my senior year. Working closely with the editor-in-chief, we continued our efforts to elevate the standing and impact of the paper on campus. At year's end, The Torch was named "Student Organization of the Year" by the Campus Activities Board.
Below are a few examples of pages I designed during my tenure. 
During my time as managing editor of The Torch I championed the creation and publication of Firebrand. Made to be a recurring special section/insert, Firebrand covered local events and special topics in a much more in-depth fashion than would typically occur in the main sections of the paper. The section also served as an additional advertising opportunity for local businesses.
I served as the designer and lead editor for the section, which ran sporadically throughout the academic year.
Below is the cover and main feature from the inaugural issue.
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