Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Next editor-in-chief of The Commuter: Emily Goodykoontz

Emily Goodykoontz will be the next editor-in-chief of The Commuter.

Goodykoontz, a journalism major at LBCC, was appointed May 18 by the college's Student Publications Committee. She will succeed Richard Steeves, who will finish his tenure with the last issue of Spring Term.

Emily Goodykoontz
"Discovering the power of journalism gave me something I struggled to find most of my life; a platform for truth, a voice that could be heard, and a way to affect change," she wrote in her application for the position. "I believe a newspaper should provide all of this for its readership, for the community it serves.

"The Commuter is a platform for voices in the campus community that too often go unheard. It is a way to tell the stories of the lives happening all around us and should provide the community with relevant, unbiased news in the unrelenting pursuit of the truth."

Beginning this summer and continuing through the 2016-17 school year, Goodykoontz will lead The Commuter's news staff of reporters, editors and photographers, as well as the advertising/marketing staff.

Her goals will focus on:
  • Upholding the newspaper's values of honesty and compassion.
  • Encouraging all types of mindsets and people to join in producing the campus newspaper and online site, and welcoming creative contributions such as graphics, art and comics. 
  • Improving communication between the staff of editors and contributors.
  • Building positive, communicative relationships with student leadership and the college administration.
The responsibilities of The Commuter's editor-in-chief include appointing and managing the newspaper's staff; coordinating the work of the staff, including assigning and editing stories and photos; leading staff meetings and other newspaper activities; and representing the newspaper in the college community.

The college's Student Publications Committee is comprised of faculty members Terrance Millet and Robin Havenick, college marketing staff members Lori Fluge-Brunker and Joe Sherlock, students Allison Lamplugh, Yuting Zhao, Marci Sischo and Richard Steeves, and Student Leadership Council adviser Barb Horn.

To contact Goodykoontz or for more information about getting involved in The Commuter, she can be reached at 541-917-4451 or commuter@linnbenton.edu. Or follow her on Twitter,  @sharkasaurusX.

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