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Spotlight On: Louise Jett

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Program: Media Services - Media Specialist

Louise Jett is an award-winning media specialist in Lewis and Clark’s Media Services Department, but in her spare time teaches News Writing and advises The Bridge, L&C’s student newspaper. 

This spring, Jett brought the Illinois Community College Journalism Association to campus for its 2017 Conference, April 6-7. During the conference, The Bridge staff netted 18 awards for their work and Jett was elected by her peers as president of the ICCJA for a two-year term, ending in April 2019. 

“Students and newspaper advisers learned a great deal thanks to the solid list of speakers at sessions at one of the loveliest campuses in the Midwest,” said ICCJA Executive Director Joe Gisondi, of Eastern Illinois University’s Journalism program.

As president, Jett will play an important role in supporting the education of the journalists of tomorrow.

“Louise has a done a great job of using her work experience and background to help our students create a high-quality newspaper,” said L&C Vice President of Student Engagement Sean Hill. “I think the fact that she served as editor-in-chief of The Bridge as a student makes it even more special.”

Jett, of Carlinville, graduated from L&C with an Associate in Applied Science in Computer Graphics in 2008. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from Greenville College, and a Master of Education in Education Policy, Organization & Leadership, with a concentration in New Learning Design & Leadership. 

Before joining L&C full time, Jett was Managing Editor for the Macoupin County-Enquirer Democrat from 2008-2011, and a Marketing Director for Pleasant Hill Village. 

“Having dedicated my life to bringing out the best in others, teaching and mentoring comes naturally to me and nothing brings me more joy than helping people succeed,” Jett said. “Lewis and Clark has provided me with so many amazing opportunities. First as a student and now as an employee, L&C made it possible for me to not only empower others but also myself. For this, and so much more, I am grateful.”

As a media specialist for Lewis and Clark, Jett writes news releases,  creates graphic design, captures photography, and helps to manage the college’s social media accounts and websites, including lc.edu and ngrrec.org