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Committee chooses spring NT Daily editor

Committee chooses spring NT Daily editor

Committee chooses spring NT Daily editor
November 19
23:25 2014

Melissa Wylie / Editor-in-Chief

The Publications Committee selected the North Texas Daily editor-in-chief for the spring semester on Tuesday morning.

A 15-person committee of students, faculty and staff unanimously chose journalism senior Caitlyn Jones for the position. Journalism junior Joshua Knopp also applied.

Jones said she is ready to bring her personal qualities to the job.

“I feel pretty confident in my abilities to produce a worthy product that people will read,” Jones said. “I’m good at managing teams. I’m organized and I’m funny.”

Jones is currently the NT Daily features editor. She has worked at the newspaper for two semesters, as a features staff writer in the spring and features editor in the summer for On The Record magazine.

“I’ve had so much fun working with the staff this semester and I’m excited to see what the new staff brings next semester,” she said. “We all get along, and I think that’s important for team cohesion.”

Journalism junior and NT Daily design editor Nicholas Friedman said Jones will have a positive impact on the newspaper.

“I think that her experience combined with her positive attitude will provide the Daily with the leadership it needs to continue thriving,” he said.

This semester, Jones is also a breaking news intern at the Dallas Morning News, where she said she’s learned skills that can be applied at the Daily.

“If breaking news happens, I’m adequately prepared to get things online quickly and accurately,” Jones said. “I know the value of timeliness.

NT Daily faculty advisor Gary Ghioto said Jones’s background will serve her well as editor.

“She has a key understanding for how important online reporting is for our campus community,” he said.

While she plans to maintain the newspaper’s format combining news, features and sports, she would like to publish more profile stories, Jones said.

“I want the feature stories to be more about the humans around UNT,” Jones said. “There’s a lot of cool people around here, and I feel that when you profile someone you get to know that person better. You get to know their story.”

Ghioto said Jones has been successful in her collaboration with both reporters and editors this semester.

“She’s worked very hard as the features editor and it has really shown regarding the quality of the feature stories that have been in the North Texas Daily,” he said.

Jones is expected to graduate in May. Another change Jones hopes to make during her time as editor is more incorporation of student input.

“I’d like to utilize Twitter followers and get their opinions on issues that we’re writing about,” she said.

Friedman said he plans to reapply for the spring and Jones’s leadership will keep a continued consistency within the Daily.

“I think we’ve developed something really good in terms of efficiency, quality and timeliness,” he said. “I think the staff that we’re carrying into next semester are all part of that.”

Featured Image: Journalism senior and North Texas Daily editor-in-chief elect lounges on a couch in the editor’s office while reading a newspaper from last week. Photo illustration by Edward Balusek – Visuals Editor

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