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Campus media organization leaders appointed for 2011-12 school year

The University Communications Council has chosen its new media leaders.

Students were hired last Friday for leading positions of the Intergalactic Journal, the Scout, Broadside and the Edge.

“The students [who apply] go through an internal interview with the advisors for each organization and outgoing leaders are then interviewed by the Communications Council,” said Director of Student Activities Michelle Whited. “The council discusses each candidate based on their application, interview and feedback from the advisor. They then select the candidate they feel will best fulfill the responsibilities.”

Among those hired are Broadside’s new editor, junior studio art major Sarah Scott.

“One of my goals for next year is to promote and expand our readings more, and to include student artwork at them,” she said. “I definitely want to shake things up at Broadside next year.”

Broadside’s new business manager, freshman English major Bridget Baker, said she also hopes to increase Broadside’s presence on campus.

“This year especially, with our new editor in chief, we’re really trying to incorporate Bradley’s art community into our Fall and Spring journals,” she said. “We’re really focusing on Broadside’s presence on campus and trying to get as many submissions as possible.”

The Scout is also seeing some changes, with sophomore journalism major Heather Swick taking the place of editor in chief.

“I want to make student life a larger aspect of the paper next year than it currently is,” she said. “I’m very excited. We have lots of senior staff members who are leaving, but there is also a lot of fresh talent coming in. We have a promising year ahead of us.”

Senior accounting major Andrew Kerr has also been rehired as the Scout’s business manager.

“Next year several strategic changes will take place, many of which will be internal and not noticed by our readers,” he said. “Externally what will be seen is a more robust and professional sales team and the launching of a subscription service for parents and alums. The end result will allow for longer and higher quality papers.”

Junior advertising major Ben Elkind will also be returning to his position as editor of the Intergalactic Journal.

“We want to continue to be another voice on campus for students to express themselves in any way they find possible,” he said. “We are hoping to grow in size and to gain more of a following on campus. We are also hoping to bring some bands to campus and provide another source of entertainment on the weekend.”

Junior psychology and philosophy major Lane Baird has been hired as the Edge’s new station manager.

“My main focus for the Edge is to help promote Peoria’s local music scene,” he said. “There are a lot of talented artists that have come out of this area and I’m working to make that publicly known. We will continue to have a local artist every Wednesday, and previews can be heard”

Finally, sophomore electronic media major Matt Choffin was hired as the Edge’s new operations manager.

“The radio itself is doing terrific in regards to how it’s being run and I feel we’re on the right track,” he said. “I will be working closely with Lane and any situation that comes up that may need the station to change its direction in how it’s being run will have our utmost priority in resolving.”

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