White Sulphur Springs native Sara Swann has been appointed assistant news editor for The Daily Orange, the student-run newspaper for Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY. Swann, a freshman, will be one of three assistant news editors for the spring semester. She was also named to the Dean’s List of the prestigious S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications for the Fall 2014 semester.
During her first semester at Syracuse, Swann was a staff writer and wrote 16 articles, four of which appeared on the front page. She covered a variety of issues including an app developed to track the Ebola virus, John Katko’s election to the US House of Representatives, Remembrance Week and the use of body cameras by the Syracuse Univeristy Department of Public Safety. In addition, she had the opportunity to interview Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian. Rusbridger was honored by the Tully Center for Free Speech for his role in the Edward Snowden revelations.
Swann, a newspaper and online journalism major, is the only freshman assistant news editor. She is a 2014 graduate of Greenbrier East High School where she served as co-editor-in-chief of The Spartan Shield in her junior and senior years. Prior to attending Syracuse, Swann interned at The Register Herald and Mountain Messenger newspapers. She is the daughter of Lynn and Bill Swann.
“I am very excited to be one of the three assistant news editors for The Daily Orange next semester,” said Swann. “I have learned so much already after just one semester of the writing for the The Daily Orange, so I can’t wait to see what journalistic experiences I will gain as assistant news editor.”
The Daily Orange, the independent campus newspaper of Syracuse University, will publish approximately 125 issues during the 2014-2015 academic year. The DO has a circulation of 6,000 copies, readership of 20,000 and online circulation of about 280,000 during publishing months. The editorial content of the paper, which originated in 1903 and went independent in 1971, is entirely student-run.