During a last-minute college visit to Loyola in 2018, I grabbed a copy of The Phoenix off the rack sitting in Baumhart Hall. I flipped through the pages and thought, ‘this is something I want to be a part of’ — now, three years later, I’m proud to say I get to serve as the paper’s Editor-in-Chief.
The Phoenix means everything to me. It’s the reason why I’m a student at Loyola, it’s where I’ve learned the most as a journalist and where I’ve made some of the best friendships. I’m honored to have the role as the paper’s “guardian” for the next school year, and hope to leave it better for whoever comes next.
This past year, The Phoenix operated entirely online while continuing to serve the university and surrounding community by covering complicated topics. Our staff had to rethink how to produce a paper as our newsroom remained empty and articles lived entirely online. But, we made it.
I hope that we’ll be able to return to some semblance of normalcy soon, but wherever we are, our staff is committed to get readers the information they need to know.
We wouldn’t have made it through this past year without our amazing staff members and our fearless leader, Mary Chappell. Mary was one of my first editors when I started as a writer during my first week at Loyola. She’s been one of my biggest role models and taught me what it means to be a successful leader and courageous reporter. She’s off to graduate school at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism — but she should still expect calls from me looking for advice.
Now, I’m looking ahead — ready to continue The Phoenix’s legacy into its 53rd year, and I’m lucky to have some awesome people by my side. Zack Miller and Rylee Tan will be serving as Co-Managing Editors.
Zack has been described as the “swiss army knife” of The Phoenix, able to cover anything, with a passion for digital media and an expansive knowledge of the Chicago art scene. He jumps at the chance to report from the field, photographing and covering countless protests this past year. Rylee covers complicated topics without fear, and has an eye for detail that’s unmatched. His passion for local journalism continues to expand The Phoenix’s coverage of topics that oftentimes go ignored.
We’re excited to continue to produce an award-winning paper, writing stories that matter to our readers. I hope one day, when we’re able to print issues again, a high-school senior with dreams of becoming a journalist picks a copy up and thinks, ‘this is something I want to be a part of.’