The University of Southern Indiana’s Student Publications Committee has selected Megan Thorne as editor in chief of USI’s student newspaper, The Shield, for the 2018-19 academic year. She will replace current editor, Gabi Wy.
Thorne ”19, from Vincennes, Indiana, is majoring in journalism and photography. She is currently chief photographer for The Shield, and has also worked as features editor, special publications editor and opinion editor since joining the newspaper in 2015. Thorne has also worked at the Evansville Courier & Press, The Gleaner, and Blackstrap Media.
“I want to be able to help everyone on staff feel the way that I did when I first came to The Shield: inspired and ready to be immersed into the world of journalism,” said Thorne.
As editor, Thorne will be responsible for the overall operations of the paper, from planning to distribution. She will determine the content and general layout of the newspaper, oversee the organization of the staff and work with the sales and marketing director to determine editorial content and ad distribution.
Thorne hopes to strengthen the relationship between section editors and writers, focus on updating print and web visual elements and tap into the student body. “I personally believe the role and responsibility of a student publication are vital assets to a university campus,” said Thorne. “It is our duty to talk to students and give a voice to those who might feel they are voiceless.”
In a written recommendation, Sarah Loesch ’17, reporter for the Evansville Courier & Press and 2016-17 Shield editor in chief, said that Thorne “cares deeply for the people she works with and The Shield as an organization,” adding that she “has experience not only writing, but with photography and video” and will “bring the knowledge of multiple positions on staff to the role of editor.”
Applications for positions at The Shield are available online or in The Shield‘s office. To get involved, call 812-465-1682, or visit the office in the lower level of University Center East, Room 227.