There’s no better time to join The Vantage than now

By: Tejay Cleland, Editor-In-Chief

Welcome back to campus, Jets. If you are new and this is your first time reading the Vantage, congratulations. You have officially come across the best student-run newspaper on campus.

My name is Tejay Cleland, I am a senior communication and journalism student and am the Vantage’s Editor-In-Chief. I have written stories for the Vantage for the last three years.

There is no better time than the present to take the leap and join The Vantage’s staff. With all of the craziness happening in the world and on campus, you’ll be able to get — and report — the inside scoop. (Being able to say you wrote for your college newspaper looks good on a job resume, too.)

You do not need to be a Pulitzer award winner to join the staff either. Our wonderful adviser Denise Neil and The Vantage editors will walk you through what makes a great journalism story. All that you need is a work ethic and a computer.

Writing for The Vantage doesn’t entail reporting only cold, hard news stories. We also have weekly opinion pieces. If you find yourself itching to put into print that one opinion you feel strongly about, we need you.

Some of my favorite stories I have gotten to cover for The Vantage over the years: the women’s basketball team nearly knocking off their Division I opponent of Kansas State last season and the athletics program figuring out how to handle COVID-19 last school year; I even got to share my take on the Travis Scott Burger from McDonald’s.

Join the Vantage and you will never find yourself writing a boring story.

If you are interested in how The Vantage works, we meet every Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Lillian Taylor Conference Room on the second floor of DeMattias Hall. Feel free to stop by to listen in on a meeting. You can also email us for more information or with potential story ideas that you would like to tackle at

Have a great school year and remember to pick up your paper copy of The Vantage at our six display stands across campus.