Journalism, Ohio University

September in Athens

The first several weeks of the academic year brought about the usual challenges for a new newspaper staff, and I’m really proud of the work we’ve done so far this year.

My contributions have come mostly in the form of editing and writing editorials, but I have had the chance to contribute a couple stories of my own so far this semester.

My favorite project from the first couple weeks was editing the inaugural edition of “The Huddle” — a football insert that we’re planning to run before some of the Ohio football team’s biggest games. It featured a two-page “doubletruck” design, complete with eight stories and some great photography. Click here for a look at the PDF copy of that day’s paper.

Perhaps the highlight of my reporting was speaking with Keifer Thompson, half of country duo Thompson Square, for a preview of his concert at OU. I also covered the show — something I hadn’t done yet for The Post.

I’ve also continued my reporting on the construction of a multipurpose indoor recreation facility on campus. It was officially named at the end of August.

Another hot topic on campus is a delay in construction on Pruitt Field, where the field hockey team plays. The team has been displaced this season and hasn’t been able to play home games. I penned a story about the Bobcats’ makeshift facility on the OU Tennis Courts.

On the editorial side of things, I think we tackled some tough topics last month, ranging from reported censorship of our marching band to the shrouded death of a student. Here’s a selection of the editorials I’ve co-written with The Post’s three other executive editors.

Sept. 3: Student Senate president should think before he tweets

Sept. 5: Openness with admins is essential

Sept. 10: Code is cut-and-dry: state is chief fracking regulator

Sept. 11: Obama’s position on Syria marks step in right direction

Sept. 12: Transparency goes both ways

Sept. 13: Ohio University shouldn’t leave students in the dark

Sept. 16: Show some spirit, students

Sept. 19: Too little, too late for new Ridges committee change

Sept. 23: Decision to nix controversial song borders on censorship

Sept. 24: Student trustee voting rights need to be implemented

Sept. 27: ‘The Post’ welcomes black alumni back to campus

Sept. 29: Students should care about health care

Sept. 30: Clery Act of great relevance in regard to campus safety

Oh, yeah. We’ve also drawn some pretty funny cartoons.

Previewing Parent's Weekend

Previewing Parent’s Weekend

Ohio University president Roderick McDavis replaced former Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee on a higher-education panel.

Ohio University president Roderick McDavis replaced former Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee on a higher-education panel.

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My name is Jim Ryan, and I'm a breaking news reporter for The Oregonian and OregonLive in Portland. I'm an Ohio University graduate from Gaylord, Michigan.

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