Anderson University sophomore Tyler Dague has proven his dedication to and genuine interest in the field of journalism. Having been on AU’s campus for just over a year, Dague has already written for both the university and the city newspapers. Dague is majoring in communication arts with a focus on journalism and is working on a complementary writing major.
Dague is one of two associate editors for the Andersonian, AU’s weekly campus newspaper, as well as a feature correspondent for The Herald Bulletin, Madison County’s daily newspaper. One of the ways Dague secured his position as associate editor was by writing a guest film review for the Andersonian as a freshman. His piece was then sent to the Indiana Collegiate Press Association and won an award for best entertainment story.
Having been the editor of his high school newspaper for two years and working with The Herald Bulletin this past summer, Dague was no stranger to the world of journalism. After meeting Dague for the first time, Andersonian Editor- in-Chief Michael Haynes knew he would be a good addition to the team. “He is literally our biggest fan and is very excited about journalism,” said Haynes. “He was very enthusiastic about getting involved and excited to begin writing.”
After guest writing for the Andersonian his freshman year, Dague was asked to be a permanent staff writer, as well as a paid associate editor. “I said yes! I jumped at the chance,” said Dague. “I typically write stories for the York Performance Hall and theatre department. I most recently covered the Heartland Film Festival for the Andersonian.”
Dr. David Baird, professor of communication and faculty advisor for the Andersonian, has nothing but good things to say about Dague. “He works hard and is very conscientious,” said Baird. “He struck me as a sincere fellow who was eager to help with the newspaper. We appreciated his interest and enthusiasm when he came on board, and we still do.”
Not only does Dague write for the Andersonian, but he is also a features correspondent for The Herald Bulletin, where he interned this past summer. While at The Herald Bulletin, Dague was given the chance to write reviews for the Anderson Mainstage Theatre.
Dague sets an example for students wishing to obtain leadership positions on campus, but he believes the university does a great job of providing those positions to students. “The journalism program at AU is really great,” said Dague. “There are a lot of opportunities to get involved with something that you are really passionate about.”
In the future, Dague hopes to cover arts and entertainment topics for a news publication. A movie fanatic, he hopes to expand his appreciation of the arts to encompass more styles. “My passion really lies with the arts,” said Dague, “I want to appreciate all forms of art, not just some.”
— Tiffany Vega is a senior from Valparaiso, Ind., majoring in communication arts and minoring in marketing. Vega is an associate with Fifth Street Communications®, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.