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New managers take on student media

Addison Dent/The Daily Mississippian

Elizabeth Beaver, The Ole Miss yearbook Editor-In-Chief

 

In August 2012, journalism senior Elizabeth Beaver will start her job as editor-in-chief of The Ole Miss 2013. She finished the 2011-12 yearbook as design editor and was a photographer for The Ole Miss 2011.

Every year, the yearbook staff develops The Ole Miss over a span of eight months. The fall semester is spent developing story ideas and figuring out what activities need to be covered and what is urgent. 

The spring semester is all about double-checking and making sure all deadlines are met by March. 

One of Beaver’s big goals is to market the yearbook to the student body and bring out a personal perspective of the students.

“It’s not just about being proud of Ole Miss itself but being proud of the students who are a part of Ole Miss,” Beaver said. 

Many students are unaware that there is a yearbook available to them for free at the end of April. Beaver hopes to combat this by trying to include as many students and students’ accomplishments as possible next year.

“I want to create a product that is visually appealing to people so that they want to come to the content,” she said. 

“I know we will have great content. We always have great content. I just want to create a book that when people see it, they want to have it.”

Beaver said she is excited to get started.

“I really want to create another award-winning book like Alex McDaniel did with The Ole Miss 2011,” Beaver said. 

Applications are still available to be part of the yearbook staff for the 2012-13 school year in the Student Media Center in Bishop 201.

Linsdey Malley, Rebel Radio Station Manger

 

Pre-pharmacy junior Lindsey Malley will be the new Rebel Radio Manager for the 2012-13 year. She considers the radio her break from schoolwork. She loves her Top 40 hits, as well as Eddie Vedder, John Mayer and Jack Johnson.

Malley was hired as a DJ her sophomore year and said she immediately fell in love with radio. 

“(I) worked my way up to assistant music director this past semester and kind of added music to the station, researching and helping out as needed with the staff and then (I) auditioned to be the station manager for next year,” Malley said. “And I got it, and I’m really excited.”

Malley said as far as she knows, Rebel Radio is the only FCC commercially-licensed station that is run completely by students. 

“(That) makes us unique,” Malley said. “There are a lot of commercially-run college stations, but they are run by older people like staff, professors or whoever. We put a lot of hard work into it.

“We like to be really involved in the campus and in the community, and I think that sets us apart and that makes us a really unique radio station.”

Malley said she plans to change things up as station manager. 

“I’m going to have a news director who’s going to be in charge of a news talk show and news going on at the top of every hour like we’ve been doing this year,” Malley said. “But we are also going to be doing updates from the DJs about campus news and community news randomly throughout the day.”

Malley said she is most looking forward to promoting the radio station.

“We are coming up with T-shirts and giveaway items, and we really want to get the students involved,” Malley said. “I’m also really excited to see who comes out for DJ tryouts in August, you know, just hiring new people and revamping the station and making it my own.”

Stewart Pirani, NewsWatch Station Manger

 

If you were to look at a group of average students, you probably couldn’t pick Stewart Pirani out of the crowd. His average height, baby-face and black bowl cut are not uncommon traits among students. But his hard work and infectious personality have led him to be named next year’s station manager of NewsWatch.

“Despite his talent, he is really very humble and makes a great teammate,” Maggie Day, former NewsWatch station manager, said. “He won’t step on toes, but he definitely holds the team to a higher standard.” 

After spending his first semester at the university attempting to work at the Student Media Center, Pirani found himself still without a job. Pirani said he had been talking to NewsWatch faculty advisor Stephen Goforth, who told him that the only way to get noticed was to apply for station manager. So the then 18-year old freshman did.

“I can sum up Stewart in one word: Quirky,” Goforth said.

After it was announced that his opponent, Day, would be the new station manager, Pirani approached her to ask about a potential job. He was eventually hired as the technical producer for NewsWatch.

“When he first arrived at the Student Media Center, Stewart wanted to make changes and throw himself into the situation,” Goforth said.

Goforth said some students come through the media center who spend a lot of time talking about what they are going to do but never actually get it done.

“At first, I was skeptical about Stewart,” Goforth said. “It didn’t take long to discover he wasn’t afraid of hard work and was smart enough to come up with ideas that really would make a difference. And those were ideas not just about TV and radio, but online as well.”

Emily Roland, The Daily Mississippian Editor-In-Chief

 

Journalism junior Emily Roland started off this week a little differently than normal as she took over as The Daily Mississippian’s editor-in-chief. It’s not her first time experiencing the editing side of The Daily Mississippian. She has held the managing, copy chief, campus news and lifestyles editor positions since her sophomore year. 

“This week has been eventful to say the least,” Roland said. “I always had a fallback person, so being the fallback person is not necessarily stressful, but you realize how much more responsibility you have when you are it.” 

For the next year, her morning routine consists of checking her phone and computer and answering texts and emails about the paper. Her afternoons will consist of searching for news stories that could be included in the paper. Roland makes herself available to anyone who needs her in the Student Media Center at around 3p.m. And at about 5 p.m. content starts going up on the server, and things start getting laid out on the pages. Then, Roland’s real work begins as she edits page by page with a pen and marks up everything from content and display test, to photos and design. She goes through this process multiple times before The Daily Mississippian is exported and sent to the press. 

“On a good night, I’ll be uploading the paper around 11 p.m. or 11:30 p.m. – and that is on a good day when we don’t have breaking news or a late story. There have been nights where I have been (at the media center) until 1 a.m. with an 8 a.m. class the next morning.”

Despite the hard work, Roland is excited for things to come. 

“I’m that crazy person who came and never left,” she said. “As frustrating as it is working here sometimes, I love it. I can’t imagine not working here. I believe in this newspaper, and I believe in the impact that it has the potential to make on this campus and in this community. I just want to be part of that.”