By Marvin Monroe and Deborah Dahn
Reinhardt University’s student media organization is starting the 2016-17 school year with a new look and a new name, and our goal is to provide you with quality and important news about Reinhardt.
The Eagle Eye, formerly known as The Hiltonian, is taking a new form this year and is led by Communication and Media Studies Professor Dr. Evan Kropp. The online news outlet is now under the leadership of the Communication and Media Studies Program and is made up of one, two and three credit courses.
This platform is a hub of writers, photographers, videographers, graphic design talent, advertising, web design, and social media talent. We strive to serve the Reinhardt community with accurate, truthful and timely news/information daily. We also want to give students a place and opportunity to voice their opinions on what occurs at Reinhardt.
This year, The Eagle Eye is being taught as a class by Dr. Kropp, who said he is happy that The Eagle Eye is expanding, and empowering students to be leaders of their own news organization.
“I hope that The Eagle Eye becomes an important source of information for students, faculty and staff,” Dr. Kropp said. “Our class structure is unique and allows us to operate like a traditional newsroom. This should benefit both the students in the class and our readers.”
Another driving force behind The Eagle Eye is Erika Neldner, who is the Writer/Content Specialist for Reinhardt University. She joined Reinhardt’s marketing department in March after spending 11 years as a professional reporter and managing editor, as well as three years as a student media reporter and editor-in-chief.
“I am excited to bring what I have learned both on the student media and professional journalism fronts to help build a strong foundation for Reinhardt’s student media organization, making it a place where students can learn, thrive and leave here upon graduation ready to hit the ground running as professional journalists and more in companies across the country,” Mrs. Neldner said.
Dr. Kropp and Mrs. Neldner will be mentoring student editors Marvin Monroe and Deborah Dahn. Marvin will be the editor-in-chief while Deborah will be the managing editor. Marvin and Deborah are both junior communication majors at Reinhardt University.
While we are starting off small, we hope to become an all-purpose news source for the Reinhardt Campus. We invite students from any major to join our staff. Interest students should contact Dr. Kropp at ELK@Reinhardt.edu or (770) 720-5563. We are always looking to develop new talent in an atmosphere that is encouraging and educational.
You can stay up-to-date with the news and happenings this year by visiting our website at www.rueagleeye.com or by following us on Facebook (search for “The Eagle Eye”), Twitter (@RUEagleEye), and Instagram (rueagleeye).