Texan News gets a new look

BY Elizabeth Guajardo/Editor-in-Chief

Texan News Service (TNS) recruited new staff writers and created new positions to better reach the community on different media platforms for the upcoming semester.  

“We are excited about the upcoming semester,” TNS Faculty Coordinator Austin Lewter said. “We have several new staff members at an experienced executive team at the helm. Our team is passionate about serving the Tarleton community.” 

Taite Read joins the TNS staff as a graphic designer and staff writer. She is a sophomore agricultural communication major from Bridgeport, Texas. Read’s goal at TNS is to gain graphic design and writing experience. She enjoys golfing with friends and family. 

Sydnie Grossnickle joins the TNS staff as a staff writer. She is a junior agricultural communications major with a minor in political science. Grossnickle is a member of People Against Not Knowing University Spirit (PANKUS) and a residential leader on campus. 

Michaela Dennis is set to join the TNS staff as a staff writer and she was published in this month’s issue as a guest writer. She is a sophomore communications major with a concentration in journalism and broadcasting and a minor in leadership. Dennis is a member of the Corps of Cadets, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and is the Vice President of Community Relations for Inter Greek Council. 

The returning staff and coordinator worked together to recreate the positions at TNS. The returning staff includes Sierra Wells as the managing editor, Nicholas Ratcliff as an associate producer specializing in podcast production, Kyley Wilhite as an associate producer and Elizabeth Guajardo as the editor-in-chief. 

Wells returns as a member of the executive team. She enjoys writing and is excited to help the new members of the staff with publishing their work. 

Ratcliff’s position as an senior producer specializing in podcast production is an addition to the previous staff list. He plans to produce podcasts on various subjects with the occasional guests. 

Wilhite is returning as an associate producer and plans on helping TNS relaunch the weekly broadcast segments in the coming weeks. Broadcasts can be viewed on the TNS YouTube channel, Apogee channel 2.1 in the dorms at 12:30 p.m. weekdays and off campus on Northland Cable channel 9. 

The monthly print edition was redesigned and TNS will be adding new segments as the semester continues, eventually adding an entertainment page and a lifestyle page. In this edition, the TNS staff welcomed student writers per printed newspaper. Submitted stories must be approved by the executive team and the coordinator before publishing. The TNS print edition will be published the last Thursday of February, March and April during the spring of 2022. 

TNS is still hiring for the spring semester. For more information, please visit the Texan News website or the TNS office in room 396 of the Grant building. 

“Come by and meet us,” Lewter said. “We would love to talk about your future with TNS.”

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