New Editor, New Look, New Signal

Posted On September 1, 2020
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In response to COVID-19, the professionalism, dependability and consistency from Georgia State’s student run award-winning newspaper has not merely remained the same. It may be even better.

Under the leadership of outgoing Editor-In-Chief Ada Wood, The Signal has undergone some major changes this summer. In the first print edition of the paper (distributed to all campus on August 25th) the Georgia State community got to see the new improved version.

The staff undertook a rebranding in part to show readers more of what they have come to expect from The Signal– great visuals, high journalistic integrity and community engagement.

The rebranding includes a full marketing rebrand. The Signal’s social media accounts have been updated to create better cohesion across platforms. Students can follow them on IG and Twitter (@gsusignal), Soundcloud (@gsuthesignal) and YouTube.

The staff has scaled down the page count on its print editions in favor of full color. The layout has been changed and a redesigned center spread will rotate between multiple sections. New features include “The Kickback,” including a calendar, cartoon, Sudoku, and a “Student STATEment” space where students can submit their ideas, share info or express themselves.

Stepping in as new Editor-in-Chief is Brooklyn Valera. “She is such a joy and an inspiration to work with,” says Wood.

As Wood steps down from the EIC position, she vividly recalls when she first started at the paper. Her first three articles were never published. Now she has won awards for her writing, including a $250 cash prize from the Southeast Journalism Conference for her 3rd place ranking in College Journalist of the year. She rose to the Editor-In-Chief position and has landed internships due in part to the skill development and relationship-building acquired through The Signal. She did not just want to write impactful stories but also to push her staff to write more meaningful content.

It was important to me that my work experience at The Signal was not only enjoyable, but that I made the work flow more efficient. That ensures a better product for the readers.

~ Wood

Wood says that she not learned so much at Georgia State and the cultural diversity of the university made for a better experience.

Valera looks forward to carrying the mantle.

Ada’s shoes will be tough to fill but I’m glad she prepared me for this position. I want to focus on creating great content and pushing marketing.

~ Valera

Students can apply to work directly with The Signal (paid and volunteer positions) through The Signal portal. There are openings in copy editing, illustration, page designers and for Perimeter College Bureau Chief positions (one for each campus). In addition to picking up issues The Signal at display stands across campuses, you can also read The Signal online at georgiastatesignal.com.

There are several ways to get involved with any of the Student Media organizations. To find out more, students are encouraged to visit the Panther Involvement Network profile.