By now, you’ve made it through my portfolio, every word I’ve written, read or edited and every page I’ve designed, scrutinized or published over the course of the past four years.
Some of those interviews made me laugh, and a few made me cry. Some of the stories made me question much of what I take for granted. But each has been a crucial part of my journalistic experience, four years that have shaped me in ways I never would have imagined before I stepped into the publications suite for the first time in ninth grade.
In the world of storytelling, we’ve moved from cavemen drawing on cave walls through the first Sumerian written storytellers, through Gutenberg and the creators of the earliest newspapers, all the way to me, telling my own stories week after week to everyone who will read them.
Today, after the research, after the interviewing, after the transcribing, I see before me that blank page every time I prepare to write a story. That page, once an indescribably intimidating sight, represents an opportunity for me to let my thoughts run wild, to type deliberately to tell that story. And while I’m not drawing figures on cave walls or carving my stories on stone tablets, I’m adding my own piece to the rich history of storytelling that continues to grow and evolve, day in and day out.
—Parker Davis, Managing Editor of The ReMarker