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The Franklin selects new editors for 2020-21 academic year

Franklin College's monthly news magazine to be led by two executive editors for second year

The Franklin Staff


The Franklin, the monthly news magazine of Franklin College, will again be led by two executive editors in the 2020-21 academic year.

Juniors Hope Shrum and Taylor Wooten will enter roles as co-executive editors this summer and will be joined by a veteran team of student editors. All will oversee the publication during perhaps its most turbulent era yet, said faculty advisor Ryan Gunterman, from the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic to the continuing legal battle for ousted Franklin College president Thomas Minar.

"The 2019-20 academic year was unlike any other in the college's history, and The Franklin leaders performed exceptionally while dealing with unprecedented challenges," Gunterman said. "I expect this high level of journalistic quality to continue with Hope, Taylor and the rest of their team throughout 2020-21."

Joining Shrum and Wooten are seven editors with extensive experience on staff and wider involvement in the Franklin College community, including 2019-20 co-executive editors Erica Irish and Emily Ketterer.

The 2020-21 editors are:

  • Hope Shrum, Co-Executive Editor

  • Taylor Wooten, Co-Executive Editor

  • Victoria Ratliff, News Editor

  • Carolina Puga Mendoza, Opinion Editor

  • Alexa Shrake, Sports Editor

  • Emily Hales, Design Editor

  • Tabby Fitzgerald, Photo Editor

  • Erica Irish, Web Editor

  • Emily Ketterer, Copy Desk Chief

"Whether it's a traditional schedule with students on campus or a return to distance learning and communicating via thefranklinnews.com and various social media accounts, these journalists will continue to provide the coverage and leadership our Franklin College community needs during these ever-changing and uncertain times," Gunterman said.

Read more about the new editors below.

Hope Shrum

"I took on the role of co-executive editor because I would like to help The Franklin grow in every way that I possibly can. The staff and the publication itself have so much potential, and I would like to assist with their development as the year goes on." Hope Shrum, Co-Executive Editor

Hope Shrum will serve as co-executive editor of The Franklin. She is a junior majoring in multimedia journalism, French and sports communication. In addition to The Franklin, she is a member of the Student Entertainment Board, Chemistry Club and is a French representative for the Modern Language House. This summer, Shrum will work as a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. During the 2018-19 academic year and fall 2019, she served as sports editor for The Franklin. Shrum is from Spencer, Indiana, the daughter of Mary and Keith Shrum.

Taylor Wooten

"I'm looking forward to working with Hope to continue covering the campus community with an emphasis on promoting accuracy and diversity. I hope to get students, faculty and members of the Franklin community more involved in the magazine as well as grow The Franklin's staff." Taylor Wooten, Co-Executive Editor

Taylor Wooten is a junior multimedia journalism major pursuing a minor in public relations. She has previously served The Franklin as sports editor and as a sports reporter. In addition to The Franklin, Wooten is a member of the varsity cross country and track and field teams. She recently began a social media and marketing internship for the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum in Louisville. The daughter of Cindy Wooten, Taylor Wooten came to Franklin College from Clarksville, Indiana.

Victoria Ratliff

"I want to continue to provide truthful, honest reporting to the Franklin College community while juggling any obstacles we might face in the coming year. I look forward to working with returning and new reporters to inform our community and continue The Franklin's transition to a monthly news magazine." Victoria Ratliff, News Editor

Victoria Ratliff, a junior, will serve as news editor for a second year. She is a multimedia journalism major pursuing minors in Spanish and theatre. On campus, she participates in the TV News program through the Pulliam School of Journalism and serves as treasurer for Franklin College Best Buddies. Ratliff is also a resident assistant. She grew up in Noblesville, Indiana, and is the daughter of Jennifer Lucero.

Carolina Puga Mendoza

"I accepted the role of opinion editor because understanding the way people support their beliefs is fascinating. Whether I agree with the opinions or not, learning why people think the way they do has always been of interest to me." Carolina Puga Mendoza, Opinion Editor

Carolina Puga Mendoza is a junior majoring in multimedia journalism and French with a minor in international relations. Outside of The Franklin, she works as a diversity advocate for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She also holds roles as the diversity advocate representative for Student Congress, a French representative for the Modern Language House and as a member of the Student Foundation. This summer, Puga Mendoza will intern under Ian Urbina, a New York Times reporter. She will help him continue to expand his project on “The Outlaw Ocean.” She left Franklin College to study abroad in London in spring 2020. Puga Mendoza moved from Mexico to Indiana before her time at Franklin College and now resides in Kentucky. She is the daughter of Violeta Mendoza Gomez and Eleazar Puga Chavez.

Alexa Shrake

"As sports editor, I want to inspire our team of future journalists to improve as reporters with each piece they write." Alexa Shrake, Sports Editor

Sophomore Alexa Shrake will serve as The Franklin’s sports editor. This is her first leadership position held for the publication after spending her first year on staff as a reporter and columnist. Outside of The Franklin, Shrake is a general assignment and feature reporter for the Pulliam Fellowship through Franklin College’s Office of Communications. She is also a barista at Starbucks. Shrake is from Martinsville, Indiana.

Emily Hales

"I believe that visual clarity and compelling design are essential in getting the work of publications widely seen. This school year, I hope to establish The Franklin as a product that showcases its credibility and professionalism through the avenue of good design." Emily Hales, Design Editor

Junior Emily Hales will join the editors’ team for a second year as design editor, where she will oversee all print and digital design associated with The Franklin. Hales is completing a graphic design major with a business minor. Outside of The Franklin, she is involved in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Omicron Delta Kappa, a national honor society. She works as a children’s circulation assistant at the Bartholomew County Public Library in her hometown of Columbus, Indiana. She is the daughter of Philip and Christy Hales.

Tabby Fitzgerald

"I hope that over the course of the year we can capture more photos of everyday life on campus and truly show all the aspects of being a Grizzly. I also hope that I can help anyone interested in photography on our staff expand their skill set while also having fun and making memories." Tabby Fitzgerald, Photo Editor

Tabby Fitzgerald is a sophomore double majoring in multimedia journalism and public relations. She will enter her first role as an editor for The Franklin as its photo editor in 2020-21. In her first year on staff, Fitzgerald held numerous positions, assisting key projects as a designer, photographer and reporter. She is also a member of Franklin College's InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Fitzgerald is working as a reporter this summer for TheStatehouseFile.com from her hometown, Indianapolis.

Erica Irish

"If there's one thing the pandemic taught our staff, it's that an accessible, versatile web product is a must if The Franklin is to be a successful news organization. As web editor, I'll see to it that our website, social media and other multimedia projects all contribute to aggressive and thoughtful coverage of the Franklin College community." Erica Irish, Web Editor

Erica Irish, entering her senior year at Franklin College, joins The Franklin as web editor after serving as co-executive editor in 2019-20. Irish previously served The Franklin as opinion editor, sports editor, and as a reporter, columnist and photographer. She is majoring in multimedia journalism and political science with a minor in public relations. Outside of The Franklin, Irish has held a variety of positions with professional media organizations, including Chalkbeat Indiana, WFYI, the Indianapolis Business Journal and more. This summer, she will serve as the 2020 Russell Pulliam Student Editor for TheStatehouseFile.com. Irish lives in her hometown, Indianapolis, with her boyfriend and plants. She is the daughter of Eric and Charise Irish.

Emily Ketterer

"As copy chief, one of my top goals this year is to help the staff further improve their writing skills. Since The Franklin is a news magazine, I will use my role as copy chief to teach staff members to go in-depth when reporting, and then enhance their writing skills to tell powerful and creative stories and features.”
Emily Ketterer, Copy Desk Chief

Senior Emily Ketterer will serve as The Franklin's next copy desk chief. Prior to leading The Franklin as co-executive editor in 2019-20, she served as news editor and a staff reporter. Ketterer currently holds a full-time job as a reporter for The Daily Journal, where she covers the city of Greenwood, Indiana. She interned for the publication in summer 2018. In summer 2019, she completed an internship with The Washington Times in Washington, D.C., as the newspaper's NASA intern reporter. Ketterer came to Franklin College from Whiteland, Indiana.


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