New NT Daily editors chosen by committee

New NT Daily editors chosen by committee

New NT Daily editors chosen by committee
April 22
02:32 2014

William Darnell // Editor-in-chief

The UNT Student Publications Committee selected the summer and fall editors of the North Texas Daily Friday.

For On the Record Magazine, the Daily’s summer publication, the committee chose journalism senior Trent Johnson as editor-in-chief. Journalism junior Tim Cato was the other candidate for the position.

Trent Johnson

Trent Johnson

For the fall semester, the committee selected journalism senior Melissa Wylie as the editor-in-chief unanimously, as she was the sole candidate.

“I think that what we’re going to try to do is to put more fun in the magazine this summer,” said Johnson, the current NT Daily features editor. “I think last summer was heavy on stories people either didn’t know about or particularly care about. This summer my goal is to make the readers and audience more involved in what we are writing and to make a better product.”

Johnson has worked for the Daily for four of the past five semesters, serving as everything from intern to senior staff writer to web editor of On the Record last summer.

NT Daily faculty adviser Kathie Hinnen said this semester Johnson has succeeded in making sure the Daily was filed with informative, fun and surprising stories.

Melissa Wylie

Melissa Wylie

“The three On The Record magazines and daily online stories this summer will give Johnson and his staff even more latitude to provide important, useful and entertaining content,” Hinnen said. “I expect we’ll learn a lot about each other and the city we live in. And I expect we’ll laugh a lot too.”

Johnson had the support of Hinnen, as well as his current co-workers, who chose to highlight his calm demeanor and ability to manage people.

“Under his leadership, OTR will have quality reporting and good stories,” said Christina Ulsh, design editor of the Daily. “Trent will push his reporters toward their full potential.”

Current Managing Editor Melissa Wylie has worked for the Daily since arriving as a transfer student in fall of 2012. She first worked for the arts and life section as a writer, for the news section as a senior staff writer and for the past two semesters in an editorial capacity, first as an assigning editor and now as the managing editor.

“I think we are doing a really good job right now, and this semester we have made a lot of improvements,” Wylie said. “So my immediate plan is to start off just as strong as we’re going to end this semester.”

Wylie plans to immediately engage the student body and try to avoid any hangover effect normally associated with changes in leadership.

“Right away I think we need to do more with social media,” Wylie said. “The beginning of the fall semester a lot of people are coming in to UNT, and it’s a really good opportunity for us to put our image into people’s minds, right when they get here.”

Hinnen commended Wylie’s dedication the past two semesters to finding stories on the UNT campus and Denton that impact readers.

“But Wylie is also deeply aware of the struggles — from stress and time-management to economic and emotional challenges — and is committed to helping people understand their choices and find solutions,” Hinnen said. “I look forward to watching her and the entire NT Daily staff work harder than ever to serve the UNT community.”

Feature photo: Graphic by Nicole Arnold / Visuals Editor

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