Ava Stiglicz

Editor Interview
Photo used with permission of Aleda Talmadge.
Photo used with permission of Aleda Talmadge.

Now that you’ve both been editors for three years and had all four levels of journalism, what’s your biggest takeaway from the content?

“My biggest takeaway is that certain topics get views, and some simply don’t. When planning articles you have to not only think of something relevant, but something unique. In the past, our most viewed articles have been about local events, whether it’s school wide or county wide.”

Now that you’ve worked tirelessly to perfect your craft as a journalist, won all the elements of a distinguished site, what’s your most valued accomplishment, as you retire your role as editor?

“One of my most valued accomplishments was the work I put into my series of Dancing with the Poms articles. In the span of four days, on a very busy weekend, I was able to complete three articles, all over 300 words, all with original photos, and all including two or more interviews. This was definitely some of the most writing I have ever done in a single weekend, but my work paid off. Our website was able to read the 5,000 view requirement for the audience engagement badge because of these articles.”

What was your favorite moment as editor?

“One of my favorite moments was having the alumni come back for pastries and coffee. It was so great to hear about their successes since graduating, getting some insight, and advice. Also, Ms. G brought in the most delicious croissants.”

What was your favorite part of being on the newspaper staff?

“My favorite part of being on the BHS Gazette staff has been the bonds I have created with both Ms. G and Kylie. They are both such smart women and I am inspired by them equally. They have impressive work ethic and determination. The dedication they both have had to the Garnet and Gold Gazette is unique and many people don’t stick to one goal as long as they have. Not only have they been great mentors but they are great friends.”

What would you like to see from The Garnet and Gold Gazette in the future?

“I truly hope to see other BHS students step up and care about the Gazette as much as Kylie and I have. I hope to see the Gazette win Distinguished Site again someday in the future. I would love to see a new generation step up, with new, even better, ideas to help our newspaper grow. I also hope that one day in the future Ms. G can get the true recognition she deserves for all the caring things she has done for Brunswick, and its students, simply out of the kindness of her heart.”

How do you think your time as editors will help you in the future?

“My time as editor not only influenced me to become a marketing major but I have learned a lot that will help me in the advertising field. I have learned a lot about social media marketing. How to build followers fast, get article views, design ads, all aspects of marketing that will be crucial to my education in years to come. I am grateful that I have already implemented these aspects in real world scenarios.”

How has mastering elements of journalism changed your writing?

“My writing skills have advanced in all aspects. While I may still be severely dyslexic and chronically bad at spelling I have managed these past four years. It has been an amazing opportunity to expand my writing skills by being able to write outside of the typical MLA format. My vocabulary has expanded immensely along with my interview skills which has proven to be very helpful in life outside of school for numerous reasons.”

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Ava Stiglicz
Ava Stiglicz, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus
Ava Stiglicz is a senior at Brunswick High School and is editor-in-chief of the Garnet & Gold Gazette. Ava has taken both Journalism 1, 2, 3, 4, and is vice president of the Journalism Club. Along with being the editor-in-chief, Ava is also the social media manager of the G&G Instagram: @bhsgazette. Outside of journalism, Ava is a competitive dancer and is a member of Brunswick’s Pom and Dance Team. As part of the original Garnet & Gold staff, she is proud of how much it has grown. Ava has always loved writing and hopes to pursue a career involving journalism.  
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