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Last modified: Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Ammerman selected as Indiana Daily Student spring editor

Nov. 15, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Student Media Board has appointed senior Zach Ammerman of Washington, Ind., as editor-in-chief of the Indiana Daily Student for the spring 2012 semester.

"I am excited to have the opportunity to lead an organization that has had a big effect on my life during the past three years," said Ammerman, who has held several positions on the IDS staff, including opinion columnist and editor, as well as region editor.

"I plan on surrounding myself with people in support roles who have diverse journalistic backgrounds, to provide an even stronger foundation for the work that I plan on doing as editor-in-chief."

Two aspects of the publication Ammerman plans on improving are online and hard news coverage.

"We need to start treating the website as important as the physical paper," Ammerman said. "We still need to have a strong foundation of hard news to be considered relevant by the reader."

Ammerman will succeed senior MaryJane Slaby, the fall 2011 editor-in-chief. He was selected after an extensive interview process with the media board, including faculty members, professional journalists and students.

Published by students for students, the Indiana Daily Student, Inside magazine and Arbutus yearbook are among the nation's most honored collegiate publications, consistently winning top national honors. Student editors are in charge of publications content, with editorial independence granted by the IU Board of Trustees.

The publications and their sites comprise IU Student Media, a self-supporting IU auxiliary in historic Ernie Pyle Hall with the IU School of Journalism. The Daily Student, first published in 1867 and becoming daily in 1899, now publishes 15,000 copies per day, with an online readership of 230,000 users per month.