The Daily Collegian

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

State College, Pa. April 2011 – April 2012

Managed a 175-member news division of editors, reporters, photojournalists and designers at Penn State’s independent, 20,000-circulation student-run daily newspaper during my senior year of college

Organized and led award-winning breaking news and investigative coverage of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal at Penn State University and the death of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno

Edited opinion page; wrote columns and editorials; launched sex column “Mounting Nittany”
・ 2011 Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards, National 1st Place in Editorial Writing for Collegian editorials

Improved organizational structure of Collegian’s editorial division by implementing independent staffs for social media (which grew Twitter followers from about 7,000 to more than 20,000) and multimedia; combined news and sports copy desks into a single hub

Budgeted the paper daily and assisted with page one design

Served as a member of the Collegian, Inc. Board of Directors

Represented The Daily Collegian on the Penn State Student Leaders Roundtable

Worked at least 60 hours per week at the Collegian, in addition to being a full-time student; read my senior column here

2011-2012 DAILY COLLEGIAN AWARDS

During my year as editor in chief, the student-run newspaper received these awards and recognition:

2012 Best Student Newspaper, The Princeton Review

College Newspaper of the Year, 2011-12, College Media Matters

College Hybrid Publication Gold Crown, Columbia Scholastic Press Association

Pacemaker Award, Associated Collegiate Press

First Place Website, Keystone Press Awards

Daily Collegian Hall of Fame, 2011-2012 staff inducted in 2012

@dailycollegian named one of Buzzfeed’s 90 best Twitter accounts of 2011

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(Painting by Corey Magliore)

COVERING THE PENN STATE SCANDAL & THE DEATH OF JOE PATERNO

In the year that the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal erupted at Penn State University and legendary football coach Joe Paterno died, I was the editor in chief of the independent student-run daily newspaper, The Daily Collegian, overseeing a staff of about 175 editors, reporters, photojournalists and designers.

My rule was simple: The Daily Collegian had to provide consistent, accurate and dogged coverage.

Students, alumni and people from across the nation turned to the Collegian for updates. The Collegian flew off newspaper stands; even a special edition that came out on a Sunday. A student painted an entire gallery of Collegian-inspired works, at right. Print was relevant.

At the end of the fall semester, I wrote about the experience for the Collegian Alumni Interest Group. After graduating, I penned a column on what the campus was like as the scandal erupted.

Here are a few of the papers we produced that year.

Monday, Nov. 7, 2011

We presented a weekend’s worth of headlines in a nontraditional layout for Monday’s front page after were filed against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

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Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011

I stopped the presses before we redesigned this front page following the late-night Board of Trustees meeting and riots on campus.

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After Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was fired, President Graham Spanier resigned, and students took to the streets rioting, it became clear our standard opinion page wasn’t going to cut it. So around 1 a.m., pushing our press deadline, I erased the entire page and reinvented our opinion page. 1113706.jpg

This edition also contained a commemorative edition for football coach Joe Paterno who announced his long-awaited retirement, only to be fired by Penn State’s trustees hours later.

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Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011

For the second time in the Collegian’s 125-year run, we printed a Sunday edition, covering a student vigil, the Board of Trustees meeting and the first Penn State football game that Joe Paterno hadn’t coached in some six decades.

Simply put, we didn’t think the news could wait until our Monday edition hit stands.

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Monday, Jan. 23, 2012

On Monday, Jan. 23, we covered the death of Joe Paterno. Poynter took note.

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MORE EXPERIENCE

BEAT & COPY EDITOR ・ Dec. 2009 – March 2011 ・ Managed and assigned campus and arts staffs of about 30 reporters; designed and proofread broadsheet and magazine pages; wrote headlines and photo captions; edited local, national, international news and sports articles for content and style

REPORTER ・ Sept. 2008 – Dec. 2009 ・ Investigated trends among minorities and the Penn State administration, including tuition, budgetary concerns and lawsuits against the university; covered Penn State Board of Trustees and Faculty Senate meetings