About Casey Mendoza

Casey Mendoza is a senior majoring in political science and double minoring in philosophy and Chinese. This is her fourth year working at The Knox Student, previously as a photographer and photo editor. Casey is the recipient of two awards from the Illinois College Press Association for photo essays. During the summer of 2014, Casey also worked as a photography intern for the Galesburg Register-Mail, covering local community events and working alongside award-winning reporters and photojournalists. During the winter and spring of 2015, Casey studied journalism and new media in Washington DC, learning more about the world's political arena, networking and gaining a greater understanding of the field. There, she worked as a Production Assistant at a documentary film company, The Biscuit Factory. During the summer of 2015, Casey will help produce a documentary on airline reservation technology for the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC).

Co-Editor-in-chief Casey Mendoza welcomes Class of 2019

This column was posted in the Freshman Issue of The Knox Student, published Sept. 5.

Hello new faces, and welcome to Knox.

You hold in your hands the first paper of the year, which we hope will help you learn more about the Knox community and also illustrate the collaborative efforts of our talented and dedicated newsroom.

For the next couple of days, you’ll be inundated with stacks of orientation materials to guide you through your first weeks at Knox. Throughout the year, you’ll receive even more information and news about the college through their official website and communications from the administration.

What makes The Knox Student different is its dedication to being student written, student run and student read.

Our newsroom prides itself on being independent from the administration, as press should be, but we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the curiosity, creativity and activism of our student body.

This issue of The Knox Student isn’t just another orientation guide or map to keep you from getting lost, it’s also your invitation to join our staff as writers, photographers, graphic designers, video producers, bloggers and editors.

This year, our staff is focused on producing a wider array of content for our weekly print publication and daily updated website. Take part in our tradition of printing hard-hitting, investigative news pieces, creative feature stories and thoughtful discourse or help us usher The Knox Student into the era of new media.

Beyond our weekly print issue, we also plan on producing online videos and short-form documentary films with the help of our experienced videographers, filmmakers and editors.

Help us cover protests, fires or the rising cost of tuition; review studio theatre plays or the newest Netflix Original Series; photograph football games from the sidelines. There are endless possibilities and opportunities for you no matter what you’re interested in.

No experience? No problem.

Our newsroom not only has the resources to produce great content, but to teach content creation as well. Keep you eye out for upcoming workshops and classes to help improve your writing and reporting skills, learn how to use a DSLR or advanced media tools from Adobe Photoshop to Premiere Pro. Our staff is trained and experienced to help you learn the basics of journalism and new media.

For more information, head to www.theknoxstudent.com or follow @theknoxstudent on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook. There you’ll find our stories, galleries, blogs, videos and updates.

Feel free to use those mediums to contact us with questions, ideas or concerns.

We look forward to working with and learning more about you, and most importantly, we can’t wait to see what you have to offer our community.


Flunk Day can’t be tomorrow. The world is lying.

I’m a silly, procrastinating first-year who can’t do simple tasks (see past blog post about evil file cabinet), but I should hope to think that I have the sense to know that the wonderful, magical Flunk Day everyone keeps raving about is not tomorrow.

Why? Mostly because Anna Meier said so. And everything she says is law.

I do, however, expect a rude awakening of Flunk Day scares. In which case, it probably wouldn’t be wise to blog about where I live.