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Fall 2018: Meet the Staff

The people responsible…

 

 


Juston Lewis

Editor-in-Chief
justlewis@valdosta.edu

Classification: Senior
Major: Mass Media

As I go into my third year on staff I notice many changes but a glaring constant in the passion and commitment of our staff. I want to reach the Valdosta State community and report on things that matter to you. My goal is to help The Spectator into the digital age, while elevating us to the top student run news source in the state.

 

 

Julie Jernigan
Content Editor
jvjernigan@valdosta.edu

Classification: Senior
Major: English

Hi, my name is Julie, and I am the managing editor for The Spectator…at least until December (HELLO GRADUATION!). I watch way too many James Charles YouTube videos to the point where I keep using “sister” in everyday conversation. When I am not in the newsroom, I like to crawl in bed and watch hours of “The Office” on repeat (like any real American) until it’s suddenly midnight. When I graduate, I hope to one day work in a publishing house fulfilling my dreams of reading books all day.

 

 

Robert Davison
Copy Editor
radavison@valdosta.edu

Classification: Senior
Major: Journalism

Robert is a senior English major who grew up in Thomasville, Georgia. Prior to enrolling at VSU, he worked in agriculture and the restaurant industry. When he’s not fact-checking, editing or writing for The Spectator, you can find him somewhere outside.

 

 

Prince Robinson
Sports Editor
parobinson@valdosta.edu

Classification: Sophomore
Major: Journalism

This is my first year serving as sports editor for The Spectator. Previously, I served as the beat writer for a variety of Blazer sports teams. I am also a staff writer for VSU’s On Tap Magazine. Last summer, I served as an intern for Chapel Hill News & Views USA in Chapel Hill, Ga. I serve as a senior board member for the Georgia College Press Association, where I was nominated by my peers last year in Athens, Ga. Recently, I was the recipient of the 2018-2018 Otis A Brumby ll scholarship, given directly from the Georgia Press Educational Foundation. Upon graduation, I aspire to work as a columnist. Outside of the newsroom, I love to hike, watch sports, and play video games.

 

 


Savannah Oliver

Campus Life Editor
snoliver@valdosta.edu

Classification: Sophomore
Major: Journalism & Sociology

Savannah is a journalism and sociology major and has worked with the Spectator since January 2018. After working as an assistant under one of the editors, she has been given the job of Campus Life editor. She works 7 days a week, so she doesn’t have much free time. However, when she does, she enjoys playing with her dog and watching Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix. She will graduate in May 2022 if all goes well, and she plans on moving to Atlanta to pursue the endless job opportunities there.

 

 

Joshua Miller
Social Media and Engagement Editor
joshmiller@valdosta.edu

Classification: Senior
Major: Mass Media

I’m Joshua Miller, born in Atlanta and raised a Cowboys fan. I’m a senior mass media major and a sports writer for The Spectator. If I’m not talking about sports I’m probably busy watching “The Office”. After graduating next fall I plan on pursuing my dream of becoming a sports radio/television personality.

 

 

Bryce Ethridge 
News Editor

bjethridge@valdosta.edu

Classification: Junior
Major: Journalism

Born in 1997, Bryce Ethridge, 20, is a senior journalism student (specifically an English major) who enjoys nothing more than reading good comic book, eating some delicious food, or cracking a joke. His mission, however, is to fight and give all people truth, justice and a belief that there’s good in everyone. He also likes long walks on the beach, sunsets and nature walks. Bryce will graduate in May 2019 (unless he picks up a minor) and dreams of becoming an investigative reporter as well as a writer for comics.

“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure…than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” -Theodore Roosevelt

 

 

Jacorey Moon

Special Projects Manager

jxmoon@valdosta.edu

Classification: Senior
Major: Marketing

 

 

Taylor Sutherland

Photo Editor

Classification: Senior
Major: Mass Media

tmsutherland@valdosta.edu

As a senior mass media major, this is Taylor’s third semester on The Spectator staff. However, this is her first semester as Photo Editor. When she’s not taking pictures or in meetings for her campus organizations, she’s probably in her room living her best low-key life. After graduation, this Clayton County native dreams of starting her own advertising firm to create and design billboards and commercials. Until then, she hopes to work for a major television network that encourages her creativity.

“Life is a process, but I’m making progress.”


Preyah James
Web Editor
psjames@valdosta.edu

Classification: Senior
Major: Biology

I’m excited to begin my second year on The Spectator staff! When I’m not glued to a computer screen answering emails or updating the site, I like to binge-watch “Game of Thrones” fan theory videos on Youtube, go hiking, and practice yoga. After my impending graduation, I plan to donate a few years of my life to serving the global community in AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps. My ultimate goal is to make scientific discovery more accessible to the everyday reader as a science writer.