Tabitha Lee: Social media manager
May 23, 2023
Senior Tabitha Lee is the social media manager on The Cardinal Times. She joined the Mass Communications class her freshman year, and kept journalism as one of her electives throughout the rest of high school. Lee has been managing The Cardinal Times’ Instagram and writing articles to be published in the digital or physical version of the newspaper. Her stories range from a satirical paper on “The Yerba Mate Crisis” to articles about Chat GPT and a new act bringing menstrual products to all bathrooms at Lincoln.
Lee joined the newspaper to learn how to work and communicate in a publication.
“I thought social media would be cool because it’s a different way of interacting with people, especially since social media is now pretty mainstream,” said Lee.
She reflected on her time in a journalism class during the pandemic, saying, “It was really hard to connect with people and learn how to be a really good reporter when I wasn’t even in a class, I was just sitting at home.”
During the pandemic, Lee’s family adopted a dog on PetFinder. She was given the opportunity to write an article about COVID-19’s effect on shelters nationwide and feature her new furry pal, Ash. She says this was her favorite project she worked on.
In addition to being a pet parent and a reporter, Lee is also an avid track runner who got into running in middle school because she likes being active, but most likely isn’t going to continue it during college. When she isn’t running, you can find her thrifting, playing with her dog, or hanging out with friends. If you see Lee around school, she wears a big smile and has a neat sense of style.
When responding to a question regarding what she’ll miss about Lincoln, Lee said, “The location, [be]cause it’s in a really good part of Portland and it’s super easy to walk to stuff.”
Lee recalled one of her favorite memories from working in the publication. “In the old building we had this rolling chair that the Editor In-Chief got to sit in,” she said. “We moved to the new building and I think the chair might’ve gotten lost. Sometimes, I wonder where that chair went.”
This fall, Lee plans to major in psychology at San Diego State University. She’s taken psychology for two years at Lincoln and wants to continue learning more about the interesting subject.
“I’m looking forward to meeting new people and being in the sun,” said Lee. “I’m excited to be in a different city and expand my worldview.”