For this week’s Studio 86 podcast, I interviewed Jen Loomis, editor in chief of Reporter, RIT’s student-published weekly newsmagazine. Some of the topics we discussed were Reporter itself—including its editorial independence and relationship with RIT President Bill Destler—and Jen’s background (such as family, including her mother—herself a former editor of her college newspaper).
Personally, I was very impressed with the professionalism of Jen and her staff as exhibited in Jen’s recounting of prior editorial decisions regarding Reporter’s coverage of potentially controversial stories. And our conversation was candid in both directions—I shared my analogy of Reporter’s role on campus in comparison with that of News & Events (RIT’s “official” newspaper produced by University News). As I openly stated on the podcast, if you really want to know what’s happening on the RIT campus, you should read Reporter. (This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t read News & Events—but, rather, if you don’t already read Reporter, you should.)
In my opinion, the interview and this Studio 86 episode are the best ones yet in this series’ brief history. In fact, because of that, I’ve already invited Jen back for a follow-up interview sometime next spring. In the meantime, I hope you’ll check out this week’s Studio 86.
Lastly, a couple additional plugs:
Have a great weekend!