OTR launches for 2019: A word from the editors

By Thomas Kelsall & Giorgina McKay | @Thomas_Kelsall @ggmckay11

After a seven-month hiatus, On the Record is back for 2019.

With an unprecedented number of staff members (23 in total), three new section editors, and an upcoming venture into film and radio journalism — the new year promises a lot for our humble publication.

For the students of UniSA, we hope to provide you with ground-breaking coverage of the issues that matter to you, whether it be in politics and economics, arts and subculture or lifestyle and fashion. This will complement our traditional concern for issues surrounding your local university campus.

To help us this year, we have hired a team of 12 young and ambitious student journalists who cannot wait to get out into the community and cover the stories that matter.

For the first time in OTR’s history, we decided to open applications to first-year students, and we are excited to see what our two first-year hires Riley Walter and Leon Georgiou produce.

Riley has recently relocated from the country to start his degree and has extensive experience with one of the Riverland’s biggest newspapers: The Murray Pioneer.

Leon has recently transitioned from a career in government to pursue a new life in journalism. He has previously completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and a Bachelor of Arts (History and Classics).

In addition to our inaugural first-years, our team also comprises of returning honours students Aidan Curtis and Biannca Challans.

Biannca — following on from her job as sub-editor last year — is taking on the dynamic new role of arts editor, while Aidan is back as our editorial and legal Assistant.

In addition to our arts section, Faye Couros will be leading our new subculture and fashion team.

Faye is entering her third year of Journalism & Creative Writing and has previously worked at Glam Adelaide and the A-Z Files.

Covering arts, subculture and fashion will be Tayla Giles (2nd year Journalism/Creative Writing) and Zoe Kassiotis (3rd year Journalism). Both have a wealth of experience in creative non-fiction and will bring a stylistic flair to OTR’s content this year.

James Hersey (3rd year Journalism/Film) will be joining us on the editorial team as our new video and audio editor. With the publication looking to branch out into radio and film journalism this year, be sure to look for James’ footprint on our multimedia work.

Also keep an eye out for our new Political Editor David McManus who is sure to stir up to debate with his opinion pieces and will help direct our coverage in this incredibly complex and important field.

Working with David will be journalists Bec Copeland (5th year Journalism/Law), Anna Day, Annalise Toms & Jack Evans (3rd year Journalism/International Relations), Simon Delaine (3rd year Journalism) and Nikita Skuse (2nd year Journalism/Sociology).

To keep OTR running smoothly, former editor of Verse Magazine Jesse Neill has taken on the unenviable role of chief of staff, while Chrystianna Konidis will be handling our various social media platforms.

Ensuring the grammatical accuracy of our work will be chief sub-editor Josh Brine, who is joined by assistant subs Christina Moore, Jessica Franze and Meika Bottrill.

And then there is us.

As your OTR editors for 2019, Giorgina and I are looking forward to hearing from you. We believe our journalism works best when it is open and accessible to all, so whether it be feedback on our work, a story submission or just a quick chat on campus, please get in touch with us (email addresses below).

Till then, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and stay tuned for a huge year ahead!

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Your OTR editors for 2019: Thomas Kelsall (keltp003@mymail.unisa.edu.au) and Giorgina Mckay (mckgy002@mymail.unisa.edu.au).

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