When asked how The Standard has changed since he joined the group a decade ago, faculty advisor Jack Dimond replied “How hasn’t it changed?” Back in 2011, The Standard was releasing two print newspapers a week and employed two full and part-time managers to take care of all administrative work. Now, The Standard focuses almost entirely on digital content such as articles, websites, videos, and podcasts. One special print edition is published every month and Dimond has taken over all the administrative duties for the newspaper while he searches for new managers. Dimond intends for the newspaper to focus mostly on digital content from this point forward to best prepare his students for life after college.
“Digital is the future. We want the students to be prepared for the 21st century.” — Jack Dimond
Dimond first became interested in journalism in high school. He already had an interest in politics and what was on the news, so once he realized he was a pretty good writer, he turned his focus toward reporting. Though both his undergrad and graduate degrees are in communications from Pittsburg State University, Dimond began his career in newspaper reporting. After three years of working on a newspaper in Pittsburg, Kansas, he decided to pursue teaching college and advising students. Dimond applied for several jobs before finding a posting from Missouri State for teaching journalism classes and advising The Standard.
Outside of advising The Standard, Dimond also teaches two journalism classes and works as an academic advisor. He also serves as a chair for the media, journalism, and film department‘s curriculum committee, which organizes changes in the course catalog and degree programs. Dimond used to serve as the recruitment coordinator for MJF, speaking to students at the fall, spring, and summer showcases, but has since handed the position over to Bobby Lewis. Dimond has continuously been a part of the Missouri College Media Association and helps to organize the group’s annual conference and administers their annual contest.
The most rewarding part of advising The Standard for Dimond is working with the students and building a program where they can work efficiently and effectively. Since students are constantly coming and going as the years pass, Dimond strives to build something that can be torn apart and built back up easily. He mentioned spending less of his time helping with actual journalism and more so helping students get organized, communicate, and work well in teams.