The Spectrum’s editorial board elected Hannah Stein as editor in chief for the 2018-19 school year. Stein, the current editor in chief, ran against Maddy Fowler, the editorial editor. The editorial board voted 12-4 in favor of Stein.
Stein is the current editor in chief after running unopposed in March 2017. Stein will be the second editor in chief in The Spectrum’s 68-year history to serve two years in the role after Aaron Mansfield served from 2012-14.
“I feel very honored and humbled,” Stein said in an interview after the election. “It’s a lot of pressure and I still have a lot to learn. I learned so much from the staff this year. This campus is like a city and there’s so much to learn from stories every day and each story we have impacts the future of the paper and the university– it’s empowering.”
Stein said it is impossible to know the needs of a newspaper until you’re leading it. She said she hopes to utilize what she learned this year going into the next and build on her accomplishments including establishing a multimedia desk, adding an internship program and beginning a redesign of The Spectrum’s website.
Fowler congratulated Stein on her victory after the election. Fowler’s platform included hiring a social media editor and committing to diversity in the newsroom, and she hopes Stein takes these ideas into consideration.Senior news editor Sarah Crowley said she was proud of what the staff accomplished under Stein’s leadership and wishes she could continue to serve under Stein.
“With a year under her belt, she will be able to push further,” Crowley said. “She’s a rare combination of a hard worker with a positive attitude and that rubs off on people. It’s hard to complain