Monday, September 20, 2010

Tilk hired at Daily Forum

By Tony Brown
Posted Feb 01, 2010 @ 07:55 AM

Megan Tilk has joined the editorial staff of the Maryville Daily Forum as a general assignment reporter.

A native of Stuart, Iowa, Tilk graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 2008 with a degree in journalism and earlier attended Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa.

"I came here in 2005 for school, immediately fell in love with Northwest and Maryville and haven't found a reason to leave," Tilk said. "I am more than excited about becoming more a part of this community and reporting the news. I love Maryville and Northwest football, and I look forward to getting to know our readers and telling their stories."

Though she only graduated from college a couple of years ago, Tilk already has a significant amount of newspaper experience. She spent the summers of 2007 and 2008 as an intern and police reporter for the St. Joseph News-Press, where she also wrote feature stories and did editorial research for the 35,000-circulation daily.

While a student at Northwest, she served as photographer for the university's award-winning Tower yearbook in 2005, taking over as editor of the flagship student publication from Aug. 2007 through Dec. 2008.

Outside of journalism, Tilk played an active role in several university organizations and philanthropies, including Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, Special Olympics, the Robbie Page Memorial, Dollars for Scholars and Homecoming.

"Megan has that rare combination of enthusiasm, energy and experience that is going to be a genuine plus for the Daily Forum's news operation," said General Manager Phil Cobb. "She has a proven affection for our community and a genuine commitment to her craft. I know that our readers are going to enjoy her work as Megan helps the Daily Forum report great stories about people, places and events across our readership area."

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