By Ashley Jordan & Lexi Stickel
Evan Hill is employed at the St. Louis Dispatch at the design desk and covered the Michael Brown story. Hill is an alumni of EIU and has worked for the Den.
Hill has designed several different pages and stories since working for the Dispatch. However, one story was extremely different than all of the rest. The Michael Brown story in Ferguson, Missouri was a story that dramatically changed the paper for a period of time.
Hill explained that at least four to five photographers and six to seven reporters were covering the aftermath of the Michael Brown killing every night. The day after it happened, the story covered the front page for weeks; Hill said that was unusual to build up so quickly.
Due to the constant coverage on the story, Hill and his team had to rework the layout to make it unique, bold, and interesting to the public. By changing the usual font and usual colors, they accomplished that.
“You can always steal your own ideas and create something effective,” Hill said. He gave out several tips for success in the workplace.
He credits EIU for getting him to where he is by saying, “My career wouldn’t exist without EIU and all of the internships and connections.” He also said that the reputation of EIU helps in the job field.