Spring semester editors chosen

by Katrina Hall
Staff Writer

The Communications Department has finalized its decision for the new publication editors for the 1998 spring semester.

These editors are Laura Czingula, editor in chief for Campus Times, Rob Strauss, editor in chief for La Verne Magazine, Summer Herndon, photography editor for Campus Times, and Ryan Sones, photography editor for La Verne Magazine.

“We look at experience, leadership ability, stress level and to try and see if the person can handle the job,” said Eric Bishop, associate professor of journalism and Campus Times adviser. “She [Czingula] has been a section editor for two semesters and has been on the newspaper staff for four semesters.”

“At first I was not sure I was the right person, but if the department is behind me, then I can do it,” said Czingula, a senior.

This 24-hour job requires the editor in chief to select the editorial board, oversee the entire staff, make sure the paper gets out on time, acts as the editors’ assistant, gives writers direction and ultimately takes responsibility of the overall production of the paper.

“We give no slack,” said Bishop. “People recognize you as as an editor, and it is a certain level of stress. It is a lifestyle.”

Hoping to land a job in sports writing or sports broadcasting, Czingula looks forward to a successful semester.

“Considering we have a lot of staff coming back, I have all the faith in them to make sure they do their job,” said Czingula. “As far as being the leader, I want it to be fun because none of us are perfect. We are still in college so we can work hard and still have fun.”

For La Verne Magazine, Strauss was chosen because he brings diversity and leadership to the magazine.

“He has a lot of gumption and get-go,” said Dr. George Keeler, professor of journalism and La Verne Magazine adviser. “He works well with students and always meets his deadlines.”

“It is really good [to have this position] because it will be a new challenge and will open new doors,” said Strauss, a senior broadcasting major with radio emphasis. “I have to come up with a theme for the magazine, assign stories, edit stories and make sure people get them done. I will be ready.”

Because the magazine is a “scratch publication,” the reinvention will reflect on Strauss’ personality where he will plan the theme of the magazine.

The editor in chief responsibilities include recruiting staff, being the cheerleader and disciplinarian, the task master, the corrector of errors and the person of final responsibility.

“Rob is a person who solves problems before I was aware there was a problem,” said Dr. Keeler. “We, as the faculty, are pleased with inviting Rob to take the helm for 1998.”

“After being program director for KULV, I am ready to handle any leadership position at ULV,” said Strauss.

Herndon, a junior, was chosen because she is quiet, and because of that, she has developed leadership.

“She has discovered that she has significant talent in the craft of documentary photography,” said Gary Colby, professor of photography. “She is respected because she quietly does her work, and she can do this very stressful work.”

“Because I really want this position, I will do whatever it takes to be a leader,” said Herndon.

The photography editor’s job consists of working with the editor in chief to develop story ideas and select stories, serve as chief photographer and guide the photo staff, preview proof sheets, decide which photograph is best for the paper or magazine, and make a lot of decisions.

“It is really stressful, and they are caught between me, the editors in chief and the photo staff,” said Colby.

“We have a small staff but I hope more people come out,” said Herndon. “But working with a small staff allows you to create friendship and it is easier to work with a small group.”

Sones, a senior, was chosen for being energetic and enthusiastic.

“I was kind of surprised, being that I was on the photography staff for one semester,” said Sones. “Besides, I live in the photo lab as is already, so it will not hurt me to live there another semester.”

“I think he is a good leader, he has a good time and he is conscientious,” said Colby. “He inspires everybody to make the magazine good.”

“Just because I am the photography editor for the magazine does not mean I am the only photographer,” said Sones. “It takes the staff, the advisers and the editors to make it a complete publication.”

Latest Stories

Related articles

ULV journalism students take home nine regional awards

University of La Verne journalism students cleaned up in this year’s Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence awards – winning a total of nine awards, including seven awards for Campus Times staff writers, one for the La Verne Magazine, and one for the Foothill Community News broadcast – for work produced in 2023. 

La Verne Magazine is among best of best

The La Verne Magazine has received a 2022-23 Silver Crown award for hybrid magazines from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. This win puts the Magazine among the top eight college magazines in the nation for the 2022-23 academic year. 

Senior creates sports talk show

Grace Harrison, senior digital media major, has created a TV sports talk show for her senior project, combining her passions for TV and sports.  

Campus Times wins gold for journalism excellence

The Campus Times has won the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's Gold Medal award for overall journalism excellence for Newspaper/Online Hybrid publications for the 2022-2023 academic year. This puts the publication in the highest tier for college news outlets across the United States, once again.