From Rocio Hernandez: I loved my paper, but the pay wasn’t enough.


Name: Rocio Hernandez

College Newspaper: Nevada Sagebrush (Reno, Nevada)

Where I Am Now: The Associated Press, News Associate

Working at the University of Nevada, Reno’s Nevada Sagebrush was one of the best decisions I made as a student because sitting in your college classrooms can only teach you so much. The student newsroom gave me the opportunity to learn by trial and error. The stakes were higher because it beyond my professors’ eyes and a letter grade, and goes out to all the students. I started off as a volunteer, then moved on to assistant news editor and then news editor. I learned the hard work and responsibility that goes into publishing a paper weekly and how to be a leader in the newsroom. But since I was paying for my education on my own without help from my parents, I couldn’t stay on staff beyond two years. We just weren’t getting paid enough for it to continue being worth it for me. But because of the experience I got, I went on to get internships at professional newsrooms. I don’t think I would be where I am today without the Sagebrush.