Colorful Cubicles? Yes, Please

I have to get used to working in a cubicle again. I’ve never had an actual office, but at Poynter my work area was right near the entranceway to Poynter Online, so people often stopped and waved, or leaned over the partition near my desk to talk to me. In high school, when I interned at The MetroWest Daily News, I used to call myself the newsroom nomad. I didn’t always have a set cubicle, so I wandered around and sat at whatever cubby was available.

Now, at The Dallas Morning News, I have my own set cubicle, with my own phone, my own e-mail address, and my own desk chair. But the walls of my cubicle — they’re so bare. Their emptiness echoes the eerie reality of industry-wide buyouts and layoffs. That said, I’m going to have to find some creative decorations to keep my cubby comfy and colorful.

Tonight, I found some inspiration in a CNN article called “Cubicle Land — How to Stand Out.” Check out the different ways the cubicles are decorated. I like the “Hulking Out” one. Got any cool cubicle decorating ideas?

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at

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