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Lepore makes history by being first ever freshman editor-in-chief of The Tartan
By Annie Schroeder
The Tartan is Radford University’s beloved student-run newspaper and has had a number of editor-in-chiefs from different academic backgrounds, interests and aspirations over the years.
While The Tartan has had such a diverse group of leaders in its lifetime, it has never had a freshman editor-in-chief. Until now.
Dylan Lepore, a freshman from Richmond, Virginia, will starting spring 2018 be at the helm of The Tartan.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to develop my skills as an editor, and I’m hoping that I get a better outlook and feel on The Tartan,” Lepore said.
Lepore is the second student in the history of Radford student media to become a student media leader as a freshman.
A media studies major with a concentration in journalism, Lepore’s vision for The Tartan is clear.
“I hope to add more news and change the website, I want to have more of a social media presence,” Lepore said. “I’m looking over everything to see what we can improve so we can have consistency.”
Although Lepore has only been at Radford for a few short months he sought out The Tartan and has been a writer. Stories he has covered include the opioid crisis in Virginia and new administrative appointments at the university. He has also covered presidential open forums.
Lepore is not your typical freshman. Journalism has been in his blood since he was in high school.
He has been freelancing for brutalgamer.com. He does regular podcasts discussing different video games. His personal YouTube page has over 200 subscribers that tune into his podcasts.
Lepore has a long love of video games and enjoys writing opinion pieces. He hopes to become a professional video game writer after graduating from Radford.
As he situates himself in his new position, Lepore is currently working closely with the current editor-in-chief, Maria Uzel.
Uzel has been editor-in-chief since September 2016 and is graduating this December.
“We picked him because he was the most qualified for the position and he showed great ambition for the position well before he was even considered for the job,” Uzel said. “I feel that he will do a great job as EIC.”
The Tartan, which is a weekly, currently comes out on Wednesday and has a circulation of 1,500. It also has a web presence at rutartan.com. Lepore is already hard at work revamping the website.