Overcoming fear of public speaking crucial to career

Being a communications major, people expect me to like talking to people. It should be easy to get up in front of a room full of strangers and do a presentation because, hey, that’s your chosen field. But for many people like myself, it isn’t so easy. Choosing a degree in communications was voluntary. Having…

Reporter achieves dream through truth

Editor’s note: This is the last in a three-part series about how women have made an impact in the media fields in Southeast Texas. All it took was one assignment in a high school journalism class and encouraging words from her adviser for Monique Batson to realize that she was meant to be a journalist.…

Former radio host recounts ‘Wylde’ life

Editor’s note: Second in a three part series about how women have made an impact in the media fields in Southeast Texas. It was 1995 and Debbie Bridgeman, then known as Debbie Wylde, was on her way to Chicago from Kentucky to cover a Duran Duran concert for WDDJ 97 FM. She remembers the posters…

Shooting hits home for LU alumnae

Three people were killed and three were injured in a shooting in Utrecht, Netherlands, Monday. The shooting occurred on a tram near the 24 Octoberplein stop. Lamar alumnae Tammie Nolte, who moved to the Netherlands in 1995, saw the breaking news on her television as she was preparing for a lunch meeting. She instantly thought…

President Trump gives second SOTU address

President Donald Trump’s gave his second State of the Union address, Tuesday, after it had been delayed from January due to the historic 35-day government shutdown. Trump called for unity across party lines and he outlined the accomplishments of his administration in the past year, as well as laying out a plan for what he…

Can we cancel ‘canceled culture’?

If you’ve been on the internet for at least a day, chances are you’ve heard of someone being “canceled.” Canceling someone entails no longer supporting that person or their craft, and can also result in people losing their jobs.  Sometimes it’s for something serious, like when Roseanne Barr compared Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to former…