Editor Spotlight: Campus Projects Editor Taylor Blatchford

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a sophomore from Denver, Colorado, and I’m double majoring in journalism and secondary education with a planned emphasis in News Reporting. I reported on higher education for The Maneater’s University News section as a freshman and covered topics including Title IX policies, race relations on campus and the hiring of the new provost.TaylorBlatchford_headshot

What are you most excited for with your position as Campus Projects Editor?

I’m really excited to be able to dedicate my time to bigger stories that take a lot of time and effort. The other sections are often so busy with the weekly turnaround of stories that it’s hard for them to find time to focus on longer-term projects. As Campus Projects editor, I get to collaborate with the section editors to provide the best possible coverage of important topics, and I think it’s important to have a position specifically focused on that.

What are your plans as Campus Projects Editor?

I plan to work with all the sections of the paper to carry out a variety of projects that go beyond The Maneater’s typical weekly print edition. A project could encompass anything from a feature-driven or investigative Long Read (The Maneater’s series of longform stories), a set of interactive graphics, or a video series.

What’s your favorite thing about The Maneater?

I love the opportunities there are to learn and experiment with new things, and that fits perfectly with my position. It’s also been a great way to meet other journalism students and make friends that will last throughout college.

What has been your favorite project so far?

My favorite project so far this semester has been the work we’re currently doing to cover the Missouri Students Association elections. Copy Chief George Roberson and I hired a team of reporters to work on deeper analysis of the slates during the election. So far we’ve done live fact checks of the two presidential debates, and we’re working on other projects to look at the feasibility of the initiatives the slates are proposing. It’s been a great experience to work with a team and focus for a few weeks on a topic so important to our student body.

How do you hope to help The Maneater through your position?

I hope to expand our publication’s ability to tackle important topics that matter through bigger projects. We can help The Maneater’s coverage and the MU community as a whole by providing comprehensive coverage that will last far past the weekly print product. We’re planning some great things, and I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish this year.

What other interests do you have (non-journalistic or journalistic)?

I love spending time outside hiking and running, exploring new places, going to concerts and cheering for the Chicago Cubs and the Denver Broncos. Few things make me happier than curling up with a cup of tea and a good longform story. My favorite news organizations include The Denver Post, FiveThirtyEight, The Washington Post and Vox.


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