Pictured is Robertson. Photo by Gupta.
Zoë Hill | Print Editor-in-Chief
Consider this Flyer News’ official petition for the University of Dayton to stop handing out diplomas. Sports Editor Taylor Robertson is stepping away from Flyer News as she prepares to graduate in December. As always, it’s bittersweet for our team to say goodbye to someone who not only has been such an asset to the newspaper, but also a dear friend.
The whole Flyer News staff wishes Taylor the best of luck in her future. The section is in good hands with our new sports editor, Max Cross. We can’t wait to see you on TV, Taylor!
Q: Why did you choose the University of Dayton?
I chose the University of Dayton because of the track and field team. I dreamed of playing a sport in college since I was a four-year-old gymnast, so when I got the opportunity to pole vault at a Division 1 University, it was definitely a dream come true.
Q: When did you first get involved with Flyer News?
I got involved in Flyer News in the peak of COVID right before my junior year. I had just declared my journalism major and wanted to get more involved in my degree and the Flyer community. I loved being able to sit front row at sporting events and make new friends while doing it.
Q: What has been your favorite event to cover/story to write for FN?
Any game I attended felt unreal. Sitting courtside watching my friends live out their dreams and then getting to write about it afterward was something I will always remember when I reminisce about my college experience. Knowing that some of my closest friends helped me to develop an amazing resume by having incredible athletes to write about is something I hold close to my heart.
Q: Do you have a favorite memory involving Flyer News?
My favorite memory would be the trip to New York City for the College Media Association’s convention. It was the first time I felt like I was on a work trip, but it also didn’t feel that way. Being with a group of journalists who were all actively trying to figure everything out was empowering. I felt like I left that trip with a new group of friends that I could lean on to further my career.
Q: What is one lesson that you’ve learned during FN that you will carry with you into your career?
Everyone has a story and everyone deserves to be heard. After working for Flyer News I realized I wanted to be the journalist that gives a voice to the people who feel they don’t have one. I struggled a lot of my life to speak up for myself, and Flyer News gave me the confidence to start doing that.
Q: Who is someone that impacted you while working at FN?
Pat Enright. I think he could see the capability I had even when I struggled to stay on my own two feet. I needed a lot of grace throughout college, and I felt he always gave it to me. I am really thankful for that.
Q: What is one piece of advice you would give students who are interested in joining FN?
Do it and be confident. Speak up for what you want. Speak up for what you believe in. Have the courage to do something that you don’t think you are qualified for. Find a topic that pumps adrenaline through your body and makes you excited to write. This is your opportunity to have your work published and your voice heard by an entire University, take it and run with it!
Q: And lastly, what are your plans after graduation?
I plan to become a TV News reporter upon graduation, hopefully at Newscenter 7. Stay tuned!