I'm a senior newspaper page designer for Lee Enterprises, the fourth largest newspaper group in the United States. Each night, my colleagues and I work with editors around the nation to produce 75 daily newspapers – as well as numerous weekly newspapers and specialty publications.
In addition to designing newspaper pages, I've also worked as a journalist for newspapers around the Midwest. Working in this industry is an honor, and now more than ever it's important that journalists have a presence in their communities.
I strongly believe in the First Amendment, and that it's the duty of journalists to serve the public – keeping them informed about the news and events happening locally, around the country and across the globe.
Three months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Laura Vidler couldn’t shake off the urge to serve her country in some way. She didn’t come from a military background and didn’t know if she had what it took to be in the military, but she knew she had to contribute to her devastated country one way or another.
So, instead of enlisting and heading off to basic training, Vidler interviewed for an assistant professor position at the United States Military Academy at West Point....