Final editorial staff meeting of the fall semester

Most of the editors – both incoming and outgoing – attended our final staff meeting of the semester this afternoon. With a little 80’s music in the background, we noshed on cake and chatted.

Once everyone finished their delectable dessert, I gave a short speech and presented Bari (outgoing EDGE) and Stacey (outgoing sports) with plaques honoring their time as editors at The Miami Hurricane.

We then discussed a number of ideas I had compiled and e-mailed last night. The ideas came from the Florida Society of Newspaper Editor online and multimedia sessions I sat in on Saturday, Friday’s meeting with Randy Stano and other ideas that had been accumulating in my head.

Everyone will be brainstorming ideas during break and contemplating ways to continue improving the print and online editions. We will surely come back stronger than ever.

PS. We finally hung up this year’s covers in the design office. Thanks to incoming editors Matt Bunch (sports) and Dan Buyanovsky (EDGE) for their assistance.

Spring 2008 staff

Here is the spring 2008 editorial staff (new editors are in bold, new positions are noted with an asterisk):

Greg Linch

Art Director
Jamie Straz

News Editor
Karyn Meshbane

Assistant News Editor
Chelsea Isaacs

Sports Editor
Matthew Bunch

Assistant Sports Editor
Pravin Patel

EDGE Editor
Dan Buyanovsky

Opinion Editor
Nayda Verier-Taylor

Photo Editor
Marissa Gutherz

Multimedia Editor*
Ryan Ondriezek

Assistant Multimedia Editor*
Matt Wallach

Brian Schlansky

Copy Chief
Rafael Sangiovanni

Looking ahead…with meetings galore

It’s been quite a busy week, and we only had one issue! Here’s a quick look at what’s been going on and what’s coming up…

Wednesday: Last deadline day of the semester

Thursday: Last issue of the semester comes out; Web meeting with adviser, professors and select staffers

Friday: Staff lunch with the Ibis yearbook; design and content meeting with visual journalism professor and Ibis yearbook adviser Randy Stano

Saturday: Day off? Nope. Karyn, Matt, Will and I will be helping out at a Florida Society of Newspaper Editors event happening at the School of Communication.

Sunday: The staff say farewell to outgoing editors Stacey Arnold and Bari Lieberman, introduction of incoming editors and a discussion of deas for next semester

Tuesday: Incoming Sports Editor Matthew Bunch and I meet with Michelle Kaufman, an adjunct professor and Miami Herald sports writer who teaches CNJ 523 Sports Reporting in the spring.

Final issue of the semester

Well, classes have finished and so too has the newspaper. The staff will now start focusing on exams and class papers, then take a month off for winter break. Some of us will surely still be found in the office – a home away from home for some and just a home for others (your’s truly, perhaps).

Please visit to check out the last issue and be sure to pick up a copy of the 28-page print edition as well. This issue is full of great stories:

– News Editor Karyn Meshbane wrote an in-depth feature on the university’s Counseling Center and a news feature story about proposed changes to SAFAC;

– The sports front page features a tribute to former Hurricane safety Sean Taylor;

– Opinion finished the semester with a healthy three pages, which included a staff editorial, cartoon, two letters to the editor, Speak-Up! and four columns;

– EDGE has two noteworthy features, one about the best boutiques for the Miami heat (no, not the basketball team) and another about artist Pablo Cano.

This issue was not only the last of the semester, but also the final one for Sports Editor Stacey Arnold and EDGE Editor Bari Lieberman, who are stepping down as editors. They both will graduate in May and will continue to write for the paper. The Hurricane thanks them for their time and dedication to the paper.

WANTED: Multimedia Editor

The Miami Hurricane student newspaper is looking to hire a multimedia editor, a paid position that would begin in the spring. This editor would oversee all aspects of multimedia for and work with staff members who are producing multimedia content.

Applicants should be skilled in capturing and editing audio and video. Experience with Final Cut Pro and the ability to to create slideshows with Flash are required.

It also important that candidates be able to be able to complete projects in a timely manner because of twice-weekly deadlines for the Monday and Thursday editions.

Please contact Greg Linch at to submit a resume and an electronic portfolio, as well arrange an interview.