Editor term comes to an end

It’s over. One year. Fifty issues. Many, many great memories.

Monday’s issue was my last as editor in chief of The Miami Hurricane. We made great strides forward this year in print and online, and I can’t wait until our new Web site debuts in August (yes, I still need to do an update post on this).

I’d like to thank all of this year’s editors for their hard work and wish those who are graduating the best of luck.

For the continuing and new editors, keep on rockin’ the news — you guys are going to do great things. Here’s the new staff list:

Editor in Chief
Matthew Bunch (moving up from sports editor and blogmaster)

Visuals Editor
Shayna Blumenthal

News Editor
Chelsea Kate Isaacs (promoted from assistant news)

Assistant News Editors
Erika Capek (promoted from staff news writer)
Edward Fishman (promoted from contributing news writer)

Opinion Editor
Joshua Newman (new)

EDGE Editor
Dan Buyanovsky (continuing in position)

Sports Editor
Pravin Patel (promoted from assistant sports editor)

Assistant Sports Editor
Christina Di Nicola (promoted from senior sports writer)

Photography Editor
Chelsea Matiash (promoted from assistant photo editor)

Assistant Photo Editor
Steve Root (promoted from staff photographer)

Brian Schlansky (continuing)

Multimedia Editor
Ryan Ondriezek (continuing)

Assistant Multimedia Editor

Copy Desk Chief
Nate Harris (promoted from copy editor)

I’m still undecided on what my role with the paper will be next year, but I plan to do something with online and multimedia. For one, Brian Schlansky and I will be working on the new site during the summer and beyond.

Now, back to working on a final project and (trying) to study for my two finals.

Nevada Sagebrush uses Twitter to liveblog editor selection meeting

The Nevada Sagebrush (University of Nevada Reno) liveblogged its editor selection meeting Saturday afternoon using Twitter.

The tweets were very comprehensive and, needless to say, flooded my Twhirl window for the duration of the meeting, but it was all good fun.

Thanks to Chelsea Otakan for directing followers of her Twitter account to the Sagebrush’s.

In an interesting twist, I recognized in an early tweet that one my fellow Miami Herald summer 2008 interns is on staff at the Sagebrush. It’s a small world after all.

Weigh in: Does your news organization use Twitter?

Shameless plug: The Miami Hurricane‘s page.

(Since you’re in the neighborhood, check out mine too.)

College Content Management social network

Last Saturday night I created a social networking site using Ning called College Content Management.
I’ve seen the power of Wired Journalists and NextNewsroom during the past few months and those served as my inspiration.
The idea floated around my head for a few weeks, but it was not realized until after I talked with Megan Taylor, online managing editor at The Alligator and Kevin Koehler, contributing editor (basically the online editor) at the Old Gold & Black at the NextNewsroom conference last week.
We talked extensively about each of our content management systems:
It became clear to me that there’s a desire among Web editors to share ideas, and gripe about their CMSes and, the day before I flew back home, the group was born.
The slogan: Because we all have to deal with a CMS.
The description: Do you have a Web site for your student media organization? “Yes.” Mine does too. We should work together.
So, come one, come all student journalists, editors, advisers and anyone else who uses or manages a university/college news site.
And be sure to spread the word. I plan to start searching the Web for online editors’ e-mail addresses to invite them, but any help would be much appreciated.

Hurricane copy chief is Herald’s newest online producer

Rafael Sangiovanni began writing and designing for The Miami Hurricane his freshman year. Raph, as he is known, wrote for EDGE, the arts and entertainment section, through spring 2007.

He moved up to chief copy editor in fall 2007, his current position at The Hurricane, and was recently hired part-time as an online producer for The Miami Herald‘s Web site.

Here are a couple posts Raph wrote on Wired Journalists:

Here is a video of Raph talking about his experience so far:

w00t, w00t: Visuals editor Will Wooten starts redesign blog

Let the Web design blogging begin!

Will Wooten, visuals editor at The Miami Hurricane, has started a blog about online journalism, specifically the redesign of The Hurricane’s Web site.

Will is overseeing the aesthetic side of the project and will be posting updates and information about the redesign process. The blog will also act as a means for gathering feedback and discussing the new site.

And what is the name of this forum?

Will’s Blog.”

Why such a simple name?

“The reason is, it is what it is. I don’t want anything creative.”

What about the design and color scheme?

“The serious bloggers are going to be using a reader anyway.”

Unrelated, my favorite quote from Will came as he was updating his resume last semester. As he was finishing, he realized something:

“I forget to put that I was Time Magazine’s person of the year in 2006 on my resume.”