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Torch Editor-in-Chief Selected, Lewton Looks Forward to 2018-19 Opportunity

Ferris State UniversityA sophomore in Ferris State University’s Journalism and Technical Communication program has been selected to serve as editor-in-chief for The Torch, the student newspaper, during the 2018-19 academic year.

Megan Lewton came to Ferris from Memphis, Mich., in southeast Lower Michigan. She is also pursuing a minor in Television and Digital Media Production and said she gained considerable experience in her first year with the newspaper.

“Recognizing that I was a people person, news editor Harley Harrison had me produce a number of personality stories, but I also did a few investigative pieces,” Lewton said. “It’s strange, looking back at accepting a position as a reporter, to find myself now preparing to lead the operation for the next year.”

The Torch received a Top Ten honor in the four-year school, weekly publication category at the 2017 National College Media Convention, which was held in late October in Dallas, Texas. Torch adviser Steven Fox, an assistant professor of English, Languages and World Literature, pointed out at that time that the paper won 15 Michigan Press Association awards, in the 2015 competition cycle, and was named Michigan’s Weekly College Newspaper of the Year, in 2016. Lewton, in her new role, said she intends to continue the paper’s tradition of pursuing excellence.

“I am confident and honored to have to opportunity to see what I can do with the position,” Lewton said.

Angela Graf, a Business Administration/Human Resource Management student from Brunswick, Ohio, is graduating following her service as editor-in-chief for the 2017-18 academic year.

PHOTO CAPTION: Megan Lewton, a sophomore in Journalism and Technical Communication from Memphis, Mich., will serve as editor-in-chief for The Torch, the student newspaper of Ferris State University, during the 2018-19 academic year.