The Lantern staff will have a new editor-in-chief, among other changes to its editorial staff, in the new year.
Editor-in-Chief Collin Binkley is leaving for a full-time reporting position with The Columbus Dispatch. Zack Meisel, a fourth-year in journalism and The Lantern‘s sports editor since fall 2009, will replace Binkley in the top role.
Binkley, a fifth-year in journalism who served as Lantern copy chief and managing editor for content before taking over as editor-in-chief last spring, was an intern on the Dispatch‘s city desk over the summer. During that time, he wrote more than 30 stories for the Columbus paper, including eight that ran on the front page.
Binkley said the most important thing The Lantern has done during his tenure was to start showing students where their money is going.
“On top of that, we’ve covered breaking news from rampaging cows to a shooting on campus. And many times, we’ve shown that a university newspaper can do it better than other local or even national news sources,” he said.
Binkley recently won third place in the news category for the Associated College Press “story of the year” for his coverage of a shooting on campus in March.
“One of the most important tasks of an editor is making sure we’re asking our leaders the right questions and giving our audience the stories they want to read and the stories they should read,” Binkley said.
He said Meisel will maintain and elevate those efforts.
“I’ve worked with Zack for much of my time at The Lantern, and I’m confident that he’ll keep asking those important questions and continue to raise the bar at the newspaper,” Binkley said.
Meisel welcomes the opportunity.
“This is something that I’ve been working toward since my freshman year at Ohio State,” Meisel said.
Lantern adviser Dan Caterinicchia said the loss of Binkley is The Dispatch‘s gain.
“Collin Binkley is an excellent journalist. But so is incoming Lantern editor-in-chief Zack Meisel, who will lead an incredibly talented staff,” Caterinicchia said.
Other promotions and additions to the editorial staff for Winter Quarter include: Rick Schanz, managing editor for content; Ally Marotti, campus editor; Ally Kraemer, sports editor; Dylan Tussel, assistant sports editor; and Cody Cousino, assistant multimedia editor.