Two United States veterans in Geoff Campbellâ€™s Summer I Writing for Mass Media class were published in the July 4 edition of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The students, Amber Raymond and Wade Ishim, wrote feature stories about their experiences serving in the U.S. military for a classroom assignment.
â€œAmber built bombs aboard the USS Nimitz, and Wade ran Air Force convoys and did police work for the Air Force in Mosul and Baghdad. I thought they'd make a great July 4 package for the Star-Telegram, and the editorial page editor agreed,â€ Campbell explained.
Garnering a byline in a major metropolitan newspaper is an achievement.
â€œEven though I've written thousands of stories, I still get excited to see my byline, and I was ecstatic that my students got to enjoy the thrill,â€ Campbell said. â€œBut perhaps more importantly, I was delighted that Amber and Wade were able to share their stories with a broad audience and provide a touching and poignant message for July Fourth.â€
The students have also inspired their fellow classmates.
â€œTheir experience getting published opened the eyes of other students to the power of the written word and the different avenues available to them to get published,â€ Campbell added.