Meet the Editor: Eight questions with new Lumination ...
Want to get to know Lumination’s new Editor-in-Chief Logan Butts better? Here’s a little bit more information about the site’s new head honcho.
Tell us a little bit about your background.
I am from Shelbyville, Tennesee, which is a small town about an hour south from Nashville. I lived there for all of my childhood until I came to Lipscomb. I was originally planning on going to pharmacy school after earning a chemistry degree in my undergrad at Lipscomb, but after two semesters I realized I was much more suited towards journalism.
What made you want to be a journalist?
I love telling people’s stories, especially stories that may not get told otherwise. I also love to write and to dissect things. Journalism is a way for me to practice all of those things at once.
What are your favorite subject to write about?
My favorite subjects to write about are sports and pop culture for sure. I love writing about basketball, soccer, movies and music, specifically within those categories.
Who are some of your journalistic role models?
I have so many. When it comes to sports and entertainment writing, I really look up to Bill Simmons and all the writers at Grantland, Sports Illustrated‘s Lee Jenkins and Rolling Stone‘s Peter Travers. As for hard news, I really admire anyone reporting from areas under duress, whether it be the Middle East, Crimea or wherever. I think the reporters for Vice, BBC, Al-Jazeera and Al-Jazeera America do their jobs well. And, of course, I greatly respect the journalistic work of all my professors.
What is your favorite part about being in the Lipscomb community?
My favorite part about the Lipscomb community is the size of it. I feel like I get to know most of my professors really well simply due to the fact that our classes aren’t huge. And, knowing your professors well can really help you understand the material better. The size of the campus just creates a close-knit community.
What is your vision for Lumination during your editorship?
During my editorship I would love to continue the familial atmosphere that we have made in the communications and journalism department, especially with our journalism peers. I also will strive to make Lumination the foremost source for students when it comes to Lipscomb-related news.
What excites you for the job ahead?
Similar to what I said earlier, getting to tell stories that may have fallen under the radar or slipped through the cracks. As much fun as it is to cover Singarama and Dodgeball, I love telling those forgotten and ignored stories.
Do you have a message you’d like to give to Lumination’s audience?
Be following Lumination this semester, my staff and I will be working hard to produce great content for you all.
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