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
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
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
Judge’s comments: Here is a lot – A lot of interesting content, well-reported content, appealing content. Great use of photos, displayed well, enhancing solid reporting of controversial events.”
First Place Website, Keystone Press Awards
Daily Collegian Hall of Fame, 2011-2012 staff inducted in 2012
Covering the Penn State Scandal & 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 for our core audience: students.
Meanwhile, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, Jan. 23, 2012
On Monday, Jan. 23, we covered the death of Joe Paterno. Poynter took note.