Staff Spotlight: Brooke Thames

Brooke Thames joins Mast Media this year as our Arts and Entertainment editor. Hand-picked by former editor Matthew Salzano, Thames brings heart and passion to the job – we’re excited to bring her on board. We think you’ll love her as much as we do, so we asked her a few questions and learned she’s a music lover and a hoarder! Welcome Brooke Thames to the Mast Media Family.

Mast Media: Get us excited about having you on as A&E Editor…

Brooke Thames: I can confidently say that I’m bringing a passion for news related to Arts and Entertainment events both on the PLU campus and in the world. I’m also very excited about brining that information to the Mast in a way that’s interesting, entertaining and educational.

What type of experience do you have doing this?

I’m fairly new to the realm of journalism. There wasn’t much opportunity to get involved in media at the high schools I went to. The only real experience I’ve had with writing and reporting came last year when I was hired by The Mast. Even so, I can say that I’m a good writer and that I’m confident in my ability to tell a story.

Good writers are hard to come by, it seems like nobody writes anymore. Is that what you want to do? Write?

I’ve always known I wanted to be a writer. Narrative and storytelling have fascinated me since I was little. I began writing creatively as a teen because I wanted to exercise those crafts. I was always the kid who was excited to write essays because I found it exciting to explain facts and evidence in a five-page paper. Through journalism, I can effectively tell a story and cite evidence that is true to life. I find that fun and intriguing.

So yes? What’s your dream job then?

My dream job would be to work as a writer for at a women’s magazine. I have a handful of monthly magazines that I diligently read and dissect, and I’m very attracted to that form of media. I find the way that magazines integrate design, photography and writing together creatively stimulating. I’d love to have a part in producing such an interesting form of media.

Let’s try something more relatable to every student… What’s the weirdest thing about you?

There are too many weird things about me… If I had to choose just one I’d say that I’m a mini-hoarder. I tend to keep things that have little or no value whatsoever because I find them nostalgic. I have a lot of them on display in my room. I even have a really big bag full of trinkets from my childhood that I just can’t bring myself to throw away. In reality, it’s all junk.

Haha, that’s great. How about one more thing… Give us one more fun fact…

I’m an avid concert-goer, which other people tend to think is cool. I go to concerts as often as possible. In the past couple of years I’ve gone to see at least one major headliner a year. My dad introduced me to concerts when I was young and I fell in love with the experience. Going to see an artist, for me, is much more than listening to their album but it is an experience that transforms the music and makes it larger than life.

I’m tracking my favorite artists who are currently on tour waiting to score tickets to a show in Seattle or Tacoma.

Samantha Lund

Samantha Lund was the Editor in Chief at The Mast, a student-run newsroom within Pacific Lutheran University, in 2015-16. Lund created Mast Magazine in 2015 to give students a forum for long form news pieces. She could be found writing for Pacific Lutheran University's Marketing and Communication site plu.edu or interning at MOViN 92.9's morning talk show in Seattle. Other places to find her content include: Alaska Airlines blog and website, The News Tribune and The Bremerton Harald.

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