The Franklin, the monthly news magazine of Franklin College, will have two executive editors taking the reins once again as the school returns to entirely in-person instruction for the 2021-22 school year.
Juniors Alexa Shrake and Tabby Fitzgerald will serve as co-executive editors this fall.
Shrake, former sports editor, was recognized in four categories at the Indiana Collegiate Press Association awards, with one article earning first place in the news story category. Shrake also writes features for the Franklin College office of communications and is a local government correspondent for The Shelbyville News.
“My vision for The Franklin is to see it become an environment where staff members can learn and really exponentially grow by collaborating together. My goal as co-executive editor is to inspire budding journalists to grow as writers and gain versatile experience. I applied to be executive editor because I've really enjoyed my experience on staff these past two years and want to help lead staff members to be the best writers they are capable of becoming.”
Alexa Shrake, Co-Executive Editor
This summer, Shrake will be continuing to write for The Shelbyville News and the Frankin College office of communications.
Fitzgerald, former photo editor, works with the Franklin College marketing department as a photographer. She also interns for the office of admissions. Fitzgerald serves as a leader of Franklin College’s InterVarsity.
“I applied to be co-executive editor because I've enjoyed my time the past couple of years being a part of the staff and wanted the opportunity to inspire journalists and help them become the best that they can be just like what the past several executive editors have done for me. My goal this year is to make The Franklin a learning environment where staff members can improve their skill set while also being inspired and excited for their future as journalists.”
Tabby Fitzgerald, Co-Executive Editor
Over the summer, Fitzgerald is interning with CICOA, an Indianapolis organization that provides in-home care to senior citizens. She is also freelance writing for The Statehouse File.
Both juniors have had consistently active roles in The Franklin as well as The Statehouse File, Franklin College’s student-run news bureau that reports on state politics from its office in the Indiana Statehouse.
Sydney Byerly | News Editor
“I’m excited to be the news editor so I can contribute more to The Franklin and help staff get adjusted.”
Sydney Byerly, News Editor
Sophomore Sydney Byerly is taking a small break this summer following up a busy semester. The New Albany, Ind.-native will be traveling to South Africa for J-Term in 2022, where she will celebrate her 20th birthday.
Taylor Wooten | Sports Editor
“I’m excited to once again fill the role of sports editor. It was my first editor role with The Franklin and I’m looking forward to discovering how we can improve our coverage.”
Taylor Wooten, Sports Editor
Over the summer, senior Taylor Wooten is reporting as a Hoosier State Press Association Pulliam Intern at the Daily Journal. The Daily Journal is the local newspaper covering all of Johnson County. In the fall, she will continue running cross country and hopes to find another internship to keep her busy.
Haley Pritchett | Opinion Editor
“I hope to represent all voices across our campus.”
Haley Pritchett, Opinion Editor
Junior Haley Pritchett has an internship in marketing for the YMCA for the summer. In the fall, Pritchett will be doing her required immersion at The Statehouse File, where she will be doing daily assignments to report on the Indiana legislature.
Maggie McGuire | Photo Editor
“I am super excited to be photography editor. I have dreams of pursuing a National Geographic career, and this is one step closer. I can’t wait to get some creative angles of the topics we are covering next year!”
Maggie McGuire, Photo Editor
Sophomore Maggie McGuire is majoring in biology on the ecology and conservation track and minoring math, chemistry, and multimedia journalism. Over the summer, she will be scuba diving and going on road trips to Acadia National Park and the Smoky Mountains. She will also be continuing to swim for a club and return to the highly competitive Franklin College swimming team in the fall.
Isaac Gleitz | Web Editor
“I applied to be the web editor because I’m a story hunter. I hope to chase stories during my time and inspire others to do the same.”
Isaac Gleitz, Web Editor
Over the summer, junior Isaac Gleitz is filming videos for Dycus Vision, a production company out of Indianapolis. For J-Term of the upcoming year, he will be taking a trip to Guatemala.
Taylor Dixon | Copy Desk Chief
“I’m excited to try something new and hone my editing skills as copy editor next year.”
Taylor Dixon, Copy Desk Chief
Senior Taylor Dixon is interning in Crawfordsville at the Journal Review over the summer, also as part of the Hoosier State Press Association Pulliam Internship program. Dixon hopes to travel to London over J-Term in 2022.
Ari Lovitt | Podcast Manager
“I applied for podcast manager because it’s a fun alternative to just written news, and I’m looking forward to how it evolves.”
Ari Lovitt, Podcast Manager
Senior Ari Lovitt took a trip to Nashville this summer and will be spending the rest of the break working at GameStop from her home in Greenwood, Ind. For her spring semester of her senior year, she will be completing her immersion at The Statehouse File.
The publication has been honored with 32 awards and recognitions by the Indiana Collegiate Press Association and the Indianapolis Society of Professional Journalists in 2021.