Reflection — The Beat has been a great ride
July 8, 2014
By Jacob Brunette
My first impression of The Beat came from Iman Baghai. He did not inspire confidence.
For those who may not know him, Iman is a great guy, a loud, friendly goofball with a sneeze that sounds like a distressed piglet. At first glance, though, he doesn’t seem like he would make a good editor of a news page; he seems disorganized and scatterbrained, and as a freshman listening to his recruitment talk, I remember being very skeptical about the kind of page this guy would run.
Except Iman was secretly fantastic at his job, deftly keeping The Beat running smoothly over two years as business editor, without ever seeming to do anything. He was also a great representation of what The Beat was: a fun, laidback experience that nevertheless has produced a wide variety of incredible content over the three years that I’ve been a part of it.
Over those three years, I’ve moved from being just a lowly writer to being editor of the whole thing. I’ve written everything from online humor pieces to opinion columns on hard issues to the least helpful how-to articles you can find. I’ve gotten exceptionally good at nagging people to get them to turn in their stuff on time (I have a schedule for it now.) And I’ve met a wide variety of incredible people and writers, not the least of which is our fantastic supervisor and current editor of The Issaquah Press, Kathleen Merrill.
And now it’s time to say goodbye. Iman and the rest of last year’s writers left to go live it up at college, and I’m about to do the same. I’ll be heading up to the University of British Columbia in Vancouver to study engineering (I know, such a great use of the journalism skills I’ve learned here). I’ll still read The Beat when I come home on breaks, and I’m excited to see where everyone who will make up next year’s team will take it.
To everybody who writes for or reads The Beat, it’s been a great ride. Thank you.