In September of 2011, during my first semester at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, I was hired as the Copy Editor for The Penn. Established in 1926, The Penn is the twice-weekly campus newspaper for IUP. The newspaper has a circulation of 5,000.
In November of the same year, I was promoted to News Editor. With the new position, I was in charge of a team of nearly 20 news writers and given the responsibility of designing the news section (in Adobe InDesign). During both editorial positions, I regularly wrote and took photos for all sections of the newspaper.
In late April 2012, I was hired as Editor in Chief of The Penn for the 2012-2013 school year. As editor in chief, I trained a new staff of students and worked with two advisers to craft just over fifty editions of the newspaper. At the beginning of my second semester as editor in chief, my staff and I introduced a brand new layout to the newspaper. We also set into motion plans to redevelop our website and begin researching the possibility of developing a mobile application.
In March 2013, I announced to my staff that I would not be returning to The Penn as an editor in the fall. I wanted to take my final year in college to explore other opportunities in media and elsewhere.
During my time at The Penn, I covered breaking news, developing news, student government, music, film and wrote editorials.
When I returned to school in August 2013, I decided to contribute a weekly column on political news, called The IUPolitique. The column ran for both the fall and spring semesters. It concluded on May 2, 2014.
Below, you’ll find a listing of my columns from the 2013-2014 calendar year:
- Koplinski sells himself as ‘progressive alternative’ during IUP visit
- Gov. candidates tout education plans to combat Corbett’s record
- Critz’s campaign’s fundraising expectations shift as Lt. Gov. bid continues
- Three Republicans earn PA-9 ballot spot
- As Dems drop out, Pa. governor’s race takes shape
- A beginner’s guide to campaigning
- IUP alumnus posts low fundraising numbers in Lt. Gov. race
- Allentown’s Pawlowski drops out of Pa.’s gubernatorial race
- Pa. unemployment numbers fall before POTUS visit to Commonwealth
- Commonwealth judge strikes down Pa. voter ID law
- The three things to look for in politics this winter
- Democratic governor hopefuls roll out education plans
- Stabile trumps McVay, judges earn retention, Peduto wins big
- The race you probably never knew was happening: Pa. Superior Court
- How Pa. congressmen voted to reach a deal
- PA-9 congressional race heats up as FEC reports come in
- As shutdown continues, a look at the history of Obamacare
- In wake of government shutdown, Obamacare takes effect
- Cruz speaks for 21 hours on Senate floor, shutdown still unknown
- U.S. government teetering on edge of shutdown again
- IUP alumnus Critz runs for Lt. Gov., declines to run for Congress
- Race for Pa. governor widens, Corbett struggles in polls
- Obama, Biden speak on college affordability in Scranton
- Three things you missed in politics this summer
In addition to The IUPolitique, I also wrote occasional reviews for the Wet Ink (life & style / culture) section of the newspaper.
- Sound Affects – Album review: ‘Wise Up Ghost’ by Elvis Costello and The Roots
- Movie review: ‘The Great Gatsby’
I also contributed to writing and producing a few episodes of The Penn News Spotlight during the Spring 2014 semester. Although I did not host the taped interviews, I organized the guest’s appearances and wrote the introductions and questions for the interview.
- Episode 04: Justin Gloor, Art Halvorson for Congress
- Episode 05: Eric Barker, Allyson Schwartz for Governor