Meet the Courier
March 31, 2017
Jacob Marx, senior, is the Political Editor at the Courier. The duties of the Politcal Editor are to write and find writers for any political stories that emerge.
Originally from DeKalb, Illinois, Marx heard about Monmouth College during the summer of 2010 while attending the National Scout Jamboree at Fort AP Hill, Virgina. “The grandfather of one of my troop mates was speaking about his time attending the jamborees in the 1950s and we discovered that he was in the Boy Scouts with my uncle Dick Wallem,” Jacob Marx said. “It turns out that they went to Monmouth with each other and became close friends, graduating with the class of 1961”. However, he did not fully consider Monmouth until after a visit to the campus the day after the 2012 Presidential Election. He met professors like Farhat Haq and Joe Angotti, as well as the cross country coaching staff that convinced him Monmouth should be his home.
Majoring in Politcal Science and minoring in Journalism; Marx was pulled into the world of newspaper after writing for his high school newspaper senior year. “My sophomore year, I took Introduction to Journalism with Professor Angotti and wrote a few articles for the paper,” Jacob Marx said. “During my junior year, I joined the Courier staff as the political columnist and this past year I was bumped up to political editor”.
When he is not working on the Courier, Marx is a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary University Program (AUP). It can be compared to ROTC. Marx holds the positon of the Deputy Division Leader, which is the second highest student ranking out of 300 in the nation. He has had the opportunity to do internships at Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina and at Sector Northern New England in Portland, Maine. During his spare time, Jacob Marx enjoys running, hiking, scuba diving, and flying.
Jacob Marx’s favorite memory includes attending the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio as a member of the credentialed media. “It was an amazing experience to put my journalism skills to the test as I covered protests, rallies, and events occurring inside the convention center”.
The advice Marx would like to give to any future Political Editor would be “If you think there is a story, pursue it, even if others disagree. You may find something that others have missed.”
After graduation in May 2017, Jacob Marx plans to attend Officer Candidate School for the United States Coast Guard. From there, he hopes to attend flight school to become a pilot for the service. As a side job, Marx is looking at working in politics within the state legislature in Springfield or continuing pursuing a career in journalism.