Entering the UF Levin College of Law, there was one thing I knew for certain: I knew nothing. As I started school, I quickly realized that the more I learned, the more I realized that I truly depended on my fellow students for information I really needed.
When was the JMBA meeting? What time was like L.A.W. event? I was constantly searching through the Class of 2019 and Class of 2019: Section 2 Facebook pages, not to mention TWEN and Canvas.
Those are just some of the sites I sifted through, I found myself missing school events and speakers because I just did not know when they were, what room they were held in, or who was speaking. As I spoke to fellow students, it was clear that our campus really needed a platform for students to access all of the important school events, in a more effective manner.
I met with Dean Rosenbury, Dean Inman, and Student Programs Director Michelle Ocepek. All were in support of the idea of a student-run newspaper, where students could access campus events and articles on the noteworthy accomplishments of faculty and students.
I recruited Meghan Bradley, whose incredible abilities to think and see through all the logistics will make her an amazing Vice President and assistant editor for The Brief.
Soon after, Kéran Billaud joined our team as the website manager, co-editor-in-chief, and writer. Billaud is a J.D.–Ph.D. student at the University of Florida Levin College of Law (1L) and College of Journalism and Communications focusing on media law research. From 2010 to 2015, he worked in print, radio, TV and online multimedia news for organizations such as NPR/PBS/NBC/CBS affiliates, and foreign media in Zambia, Africa. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications with a double minor in English lit/creative writing and French from Emory & Henry College and a professional master’s degree in telecommunications from the University of Florida.
We are very excited to collaborate with the student body to create this newspaper by students for students.