Ferris State University junior Antonio Coleman has been named the 2011-12 editor in chief of the university’s student newspaper, the Torch.
“It feels great to be the next editor in chief,” said Coleman, a Detroit native who is majoring in Journalism and Technical Communication. “I worked really hard for the chance to be in this position and it feels good to see my efforts recognized by my peers.”
Coleman, currently serves the news editor for the Torch, will move into the position that is held by this year’s editor in chief, Benjamin Thayer. As the future editor in chief, Coleman envisions the Torch will continue as a student-focused newspaper that tells the stories of everyday heroes while reporting campus events.
In addition to the time spent he devotes to his work at the Torch, Coleman is active in another campus student organization, Phi Beta Sigma.
Coleman noted that he draws his greatest inspiration from his mother, who lives in Detroit.
“I just took the talent I learned from her and put it toward the Torch,” Coleman said. “As far as mentors go, I have been inspired by the entire Torch staff. I take something from everyone to create my own approach toward journalism. I learn from each one of them as much as they learn from me.”
The Torch also announced the appointments of Jessica Smith, of Hesperia, as news editor; Alex Wittman, of St. Joesph, as sports editor; Angela Walukonis, of Muskegon, as opinions editor; and Rachel Szucs, of Zeeland, as arts and entertainment editor.