The faces of student media on campus won’t be changing much next semester.
Only one of the four major student-run media organizations will be under new management in the fall. The new leaders of Broadside Literary Journal, the Scout, the Intergalactic Journal and the Edge Student Radio were selected at the Communications Council meeting last Friday.
Junior English major Ashley Huston was chosen to be the editor of Broadside. Huston is the only student who will be in her first year at the helm of a media organization.
Broadside publishes a mini-journal in the fall and a full-sized version in the spring. Both consist of written and visual works by students from all majors across campus.
Pat Oldendorf, a junior English major, will be in his second year as editor-in-chief of the Scout. He has previously been a copy editor, news editor and managing editor for the paper. Students have seen many new changes to the Scout in the past several weeks, something Oldendorf said he hopes to continue throughout the next year.
“We’ve completely overhauled the look of the paper, and I’d like to continue to look at ways to make the paper more pleasing to the eye,” he said. “Next year, Scout readers are going to see a new Web site with more content than what’s in the paper every week.”
Aesthetics aren’t the only thing that will change next year, Oldendorf said.
“We’ve also built a strong base of good news stories this year, and I’d like to continue reporting on things that matter to the Bradley community,” he said. “Students are going to see more feature stories and more stories about what’s happening in the real world that affects Bradley.”
Junior advertising major Ben Elkind will continue to run the Intergalactic Journal. The journal is an online publication “focused on culture and the arts,” according to the journal’s Web site www.intergalacticjournal.com.
Students may submit almost any form of writing online, including art, poetry, prose, essays, opinion pieces, longer fiction, photography, comics and reviews of almost any type.
Senior journalism major Louis Amberg will return for a second year running the Edge student radio station.
Amberg said the station has many changes planned for the upcoming year.
“This year we put a lot of work into our Web site,” he said. “It is the primary medium our fans tune in to. We will continue to update its features and look over the summer and next year.”
In addition to updating the Web site, Amberg said the Edge is looking forward to becoming more of a presence on campus.
“[One] goal is to sponsor local concerts, or shows once a month,” he said. “This gives Bradley students and members of the community an opportunity to support local music and meet new people in an atmosphere not easily found in Peoria. We threw our first show of the annual concerts this past March at the Peoria Theatre, and it was a whopping success.”