Staff Q&As: Meet graphic designer Sam Dellinger

To help you get to know our newsroom staff a bit better, a series of question-and-answer posts with each journalist will run on Mondays. This morning, meet graphic designer Samantha K. Dellinger. You’ve likely seen her creations already in the Daily Record, Sunday News, FlipSide tab and other publications. She also writes about design and art-related projects on her blog, Artist’s Bloc.

Name: Samantha K. Dellinger
Lives in: A condo
Hometown: York
Position at the YDR: Artist
Years with the YDR: 10 plus
Graduated from: Pennsylvania College of Art & Design or PCAD
With a degree in: Graphic design
Twitter: @Blackcat911
Whatever you’d like to tell us about yourself: I’m the best artist they got in the newsroom, because I’m the only artist they got.

1. What made you want to become a journalist? I needed a job.

2. How do you see journalism changing? The fundamentals aren’t changing, but more how it’s being presented to the readers.

3. What do you like most about your job? The least? Most: Every day is different. I really love my job, I get paid to draw on shoes, doodle, make crafts, it’s like arts and crafts day for me everyday. Least, I don’t like creating the PSSA graphics.

4. It’s 9:30 a.m. on a day off. What are you doing? Playing with my buuudog, Diesel!

5. What’s been your favorite project or story recently? Why? I love the holidays because I get to create my picture finders.

6. The drink that’s on your desk right now is: Jack Daniels. (Not, really) Cold coffee.

7. Your favorite journalism-related blog you read or Twitter feed you follow: Charles Apple and Stephanie Grace Lim are inspirations of mine.

8. What’s the last movie you saw in theaters? The last book you read? Puss in Boots (for the movie); sad to say it was probably a Twilight book.

9. What’s your favorite place in York County? Central Market, Rocky Ridge, my house.

10. What’s one piece of newsroom jargon that had to be explained to you? Agate. And I have to be reminded that Penn State does not play in the Super Bowl.

Check out our past Q&As:
Staff photographer Chris Dunn
Niche publications editor Kara Eberle
Online / community-news editor Joan Concilio
Assistant managing editor of features and niche publications and social media coordinator Buffy Andrews
Managing editor Randy Parker

About Sarah Chain

I'm an avid reader and book lover living and working in downtown York. Follow me on Twitter at @sarahEchain.
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2 Responses to Staff Q&As: Meet graphic designer Sam Dellinger

  1. I think the combination of journalism and a graphic design background is perfect for a lot of design related websites and blogs. You get a chance to demonstrate your written and visual talents at the same time. I’m starting an inspirational design blog soon, and I realize it will be important to find writers/bloggers with these two skills. Thanks for sharing the interview.

  2. Hi There Sarah,
    Along the same lines,, I work as a graphic designer at a printers. They are a successful company with an impressive history, yet the whole office is mainly men and they are the bitchiest men you will ever meet!! When I first got this job everyone seemed very welcoming and sincere and I got on with everyone…at least I thought I did. But now I have been here a year and I often overhear people bitching about me behind my back who I thought I got on with, or I thought liked me, I was sexually attacked by another member of staff and my boss keeps changing his stories and getting me into trouble for things I haven’t done. I have tried looking for work for the last six months but to no avail. Is this quite common in the work place? I am just finding it hard working with people who seem to treat me more as a scapegoat than an equal employee.
    Thanks for any answers:)
    All the Best

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