New Leaders Approach New Year with Excitement
Student media leadership for 2017-18 will focus on fresh faces and new ideas as six entirely new leaders take the helm of the university’s six media outlets.
This clean leadership slate contrasts from recent years when at least one student media leader returned for a second year, according to Bryce McNeil, assistant director for Student Media.
McNeil announced the following students will lead Student Media in the 2017-18 academic year:
- Spencer Vaughan, Album 88 general manager
- Nicole Motahari, Digital Media Group general manager
- Christina Maxouris, The Signal, editor-in-chief)
- Anna Sandy, New South editor-in-chief)
- Katie Leaman, GSTV general manager
- Alec Prevett, Underground editor-in-chief)
The Committee on Student Communications (CSC) recommended the new student media leaders following an extensive interview process. Each new leader assumes their position May 1.
The CSC reviews the operations and advises student media organizations at Georgia State University. The CSC holds regular meetings, reviews the annual operations of student media, interviews applicants for media head positions, hears grievances specifically related to student media and approves and allocates student media funds.
The Committee hosted its first annual meeting in the past year. It will host the second annual meeting at 10 a.m. September 8, 2017, at Cinefest. The annual meeting serves as the first official meeting of the committee for the year. It is publicly advertised to the student body, which is invited to ask the leaders questions about media operations and opportunities in the coming year.
McNeil said that some of the selections showcase the convergence of involvement with several media groups.
- GSTV general manager-elect Katie Leaman is a DJ for Album 88 and was part of the 88 Sessions production team in 2016-17.
- Nicole Motahari moves from social media manager to general manager of the Digital Media Group but also previously served on the editorial board for The Signal.
- DMGATL officially launched on Apple platforms in 2017 and now the new team will have its first full year with a mobile application to display content from all groups.
I’m looking forward to raising awareness of the Digital Media Group by creating podcasts that engage Georgia State University’s diverse population of students and working to promote our fellow media groups on campus.
~ Nicole Motahari, 2017-18 Digital Media Group general manager
The new leaders have been spending the past few weeks interviewing candidates for a variety of positions and assembling their teams for the upcoming year.
I’m really excited to start the next year of New South with a fresh team, though I will miss the old team!
~ Anna Sandy, 2017-18 New South editor-in-chief
While the rest of the campus wraps up spring semester, the student leaders will jump right in to their new roles. In addition to daily news updates on its website, The Signal will publish the fourth edition of its summer Urbanite magazine for all campuses. New South and Underground will publish new issues of literature and art. Album 88 is gearing up for WRASFest, scheduled for May 27.
My goal as editor-in-chief is to build upon the work that has been done in the last year to bring Underground to the national level, and to curate a journal full of wonderful creative work from students both within and beyond Georgia State.
~ Alec Prevett, 2017-18 Underground editor-in-chief