New editors appointed for spring

From left to right: Raechel Fittante, Martha I. Fernandez, Starr Carroll and Veero Der-Karabetian.
From left to right: Raechel Fittante, Martha I. Fernandez, Starr Carroll and Veero Der-Karabetian.

by Kendra Bridel
Staff Writer

The Communications Department has announced its student leaders for the Campus Times and the La Verne Magazine.

Junior Raechel Fittante, a journalism major, will take over as editor in chief of the Campus Times next semester and senior Martha I. Fernandez, journalism major, is editor in chief for La Verne Magazine. Senior Starr Carroll, a journalism major with an emphasis in photojournalism, will be photography editor of the Campus Times and junior Veero Der-Karabetian, a computer science major with a photography minor, will be the photography editor of La Verne Magazine.

Fittante has been a staff member on the Campus Times for the past four semesters. She began as a staff writer, then advanced to features editor and editorial director. She presently serves as the managing editor.

“I’m excited, but a little nervous. I’ve wanted it ever since I first came to school,” said Fittante.

Fittante is currently deciding who will be on the editorial board next semester.

“I think we have a strong returning staff and we’ll have a strong editorial board which will help to support her,” said Eric Bishop, assistant professor of journalism and Campus Times faculty adviser.

Fittante plans to make some changes next semester in order to unite the staff members.

“I want to bring everyone closer together in order to make sure things go well,” said Fittante. “I hope to make it an open environment so that everyone can communicate openly. We are having a lot of returners, so we will have a strong staff. I hope to make the newcomers feel comfortable.”

“I believe that she’ll be able to work well in helping young writers improve, as well as relating to and communicating to our readers,” said Bishop.

Although Fittante has just recently received her new position, she has already set a few goals for herself for the upcoming semester.

“I want to have everyone talk more about their stories and talk more about policies so staff writers are more prepared when they go out on interviews,” said Fittante.

Fernandez, who will fill the editor’s position for La Verne Magazine, worked for the Campus Times for two years. She held the positions of features editor and managing editor, and was the editor in chief of the Campus Times last semester.

Fernandez has worked as a writer for the magazine for one semester.

“Martha has the entire endorsement of the Communications faculty. She knows the community. She is a strong writer and a hard worker, who stays until the job is done,” said Dr. George Keeler, associate professor of journalism and La Verne Magazine faculty adviser. “Martha has gained the respect of the staff, faculty and journalism students. She has been a leader in our department and continues that role as a senior.”

Fernandez believes that her position for the magazine will be easier than it was for the Campus Times due to a smaller staff and the experience of the staff writers.

She hopes to keep upholding the high standards of the magazine. Fernandez was just informed of her new position and has not had the opportunity to outline her future plans for the magazine.

“It’s going to be a little bit different than the newspaper,” said Fernandez.

“She and I are excited about working together on the magazine. She works well under pressure, she’s always cheerful and she knows how to motivate her staff. She will provide continuing leadership for La Verne Magazine. This is the 20th year for La Verne Magazine. It has a rich history behind it and I look forward to Martha continuing that vision of excellence that La Verne Magazine has forged for 20 years and counting,” said Dr. Keeler.

The new photography editor for the Campus Times is Carroll, and Der-Karabetian is La Verne Magazine photography editor.

“I can’t wait to get started. It’s going to be a blast, especially with the larger staff we are going to have,” said Carroll. “My plans are to work closely with the Campus Times editor and keep that communication line open. This semester, we lacked communication and I hope to change that.”

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