A contemporary office, a new staff and planning for an ambitious special series project are in place for The Highlander.
After a long anticipated wait, the former office in the lobby of the Banks Student Center has been boxed-up and moved to its new home in the recently remodeled student union. The Highlander was developing the newspaper out of a computer lab in the mezzanine level of the McAuley Walsh building. The staff hopes that the new location will help improve readership and student involvement.
The Highlander welcomes new editors to its staff. Senior Eleni Konstas has returned for the third year as the publication's Web Editor. Konstas will be graduating in December and will be pursuing her MBA. Junior April Dulsky will replace Konstas as the Web Editor. Junior Kate Bunton will be spearheading the design of the print edition as this year's print editor. Junior Julia Truax will join the editorial team as the publication's content editor and senior Amanda Jamieson will serve as editor-in-chief.
"We have a group of talented young women on our staff this year. I feel that as a team we will be able to achieve success and hopefully bring home a couple more Keystone awards to add to our collection," said Jamieson.
The Highlander also added a staff photographer, junior Mark DeStefano, to its team. DeStefano won a Keystone Press award for his photo story of the Ultimate Chef Competition in the spring of 2010.
"DeStefano has a great eye for photos. We hope to utilize his skills and further improve our overall design for both the Web and print editions of the newspaper," said Jamieson.
Jamieson has big plans for this year. She hopes to follow the success of last year's series, which focused on young Latino and Hispanic immigrants in Hazleton, Pa. Former editor-in-chief and MU alum Sarah Hite won a Keystone Press Award for her profile of a young Latino woman who immigrated to Hazleton, PA from the Dominican Republic.
This year's staff plans to focus their series project on water -- including the effects Marcellus shale drilling has upon the water supply of Luzerne County. Drilling has become a focus in the local media and Jamieson feels it is important to inform both the campus and surrounding community about the potential impact impact on water resources and what officials are doing to address the issue.