SPC elects new editor in chief for fall

The Student Publications Committee elected history junior Caitlin Cuppernull as the next Daily Cougar editor in chief for the summer and fall semesters by a margin of three votes to two.

Cuppernull, who works on staff as copy chief, said The Daily Cougar had declined in quality of the as a whole since she arrived on staff in 2006 and that her goal as editor would be to improve coverage.

"(I would) ensure that we have quality reporting and quality coverage," she said.

Producing good page layouts and minimizing mistakes in the newspaper are other goals she said she would improve. Guiding section editors would help provide more coverage and generate story ideas, she said.

"I think our top priority should be producing a quality paper," she said.

Print journalism senior Deanna Mendoza, Daily Cougar features editor, also ran for editor in chief. It is unclear what positions she will maintain for summer and fall.

The SPC also reelected Houstonian editor in chief Dondria Cooper, who will stay on for the summer and fall semester.

Cooper, who has been on staff since 2006, said she wanted to reach out more to students.

Photography in the yearbook has improved under her leadership, Cooper said.

"I’ve done, I believe, a good deal of involvement with the student organizations," she said.

Five of the nine members on the committee voted.

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