Hail to the (editor-in-) chief

As editor-in-chief of UIndy’s award-winning newspaper, the Reflector, Adrian Kendrick is one of the busiest students on campus.

A typical day for Adrian involves keeping the Reflector newsroom running efficiently, helping colleagues edit pages, pitching in on the newspaper design, and, sometimes, developing headlines.To run the Reflector, Adrian first had to learn every aspect of how a newspaper is put together. That lesson began the moment she arrived on campus four years ago.

Adrian Kendrick, Editor-in-chief“The first week I was assigned a feature story. I did a story on our Chinese exchange students. I interviewed, wrote, and edited the story. And it was published!”

Being able to get involved and actually write for the newspaper right away was a big reason why Adrian chose UIndy. As a high school senior, she didn’t find many universities with a stellar communication program that would let her hone her writing skills from day one.

“The professors also were encouraging,” she says, “and confirmed my decision even more.”

The Communication department has not only provided Adrian with opportunities on campus but also with awesome industry connections in Indianapolis publishing. She was named a Eugene S. Pulliam Scholar by the Hoosier State Press Association Foundation, whichy led to internships with the Indianapolis Star, the Indianapolis Recorder, and Indiana Minority Business Magazine.

“As editor in chief I make sure everyone is doing his or her job and edit the entire newspaper. The process takes a while, but it’s rewarding in the end”

She’s since captured a Kiwanis magazine internship and will teach at both the Indianapolis Recorder magazine and Indiana Minority Business Magazine in journalism and writing seminars this summer.

Adrian finds Indianapolis a great place to relax when she takes a break from her studies. Away from the newsroom, she takes advantage of the great shopping in the area.

“My favorite place to go in the city is Metropolis,” she says of the large open-air mall on the west side, “or the movie theater.”

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