Northwestern State University selected four student media leaders for the 2016-17 academic year. Students selected are Courtney Page of Zachary, general manager of KNWD, Northwestern State’s campus radio station; Ashley Wolf of Destrehan, editor of the university’s newspaper, the Current Sauce; Ashleigh Daniels of Robeline, editor of Potpourri, the university’s yearbook, and Maggie Harris of West Monroe, editor of Argus, the school’s annual literary magazine.
Page is currently a junior majoring in biology/pre-physical therapy with a minor in English. She has worked with KNWD 91.7 the Demon since 2013 as a disc jockey, assistant music director, assistant program director and program director.
KNWD is a student-run, non-commercial radio station that transmits a digital stereo FM signal 24 hours a day to the campus and surrounding area. KNWD provides students with opportunities to acquire radio management skills through studio work, remote broadcasts and with Demonfest, the station’s annual music and arts festival, set this year for April 22-23.
Wolf is currently a junior majoring in mass communications with a minor in dance. She has worked with the Current Sauce for the last year as the paper’s a multimedia coordinator and staff writer, producing weekly articles and photos, creating digital editions of the newspaper and overseeing a biweekly newsletter and social media strategies. She has also been a contributor to Potpourri.
The Current Sauce is NSU’s independent, student-operated newspaper that covers campus and community activities as well as relevant social issues of interest to students. The Current Sauce is published weekly during the regular semester and bi-weekly during the summer. To view the paper, visit currentsaucenews.com.
Daniels is a senior majoring in history with a minor in English. She served as associate editor of Potpourri for the last year and has contributed articles to Potpourri, the Current Sauce, the Natchitoches Times, the Sabine Index and NSU’s The Odyssey.
The Potpourri is an independent publication that is planned, designed and produced by students. Coverage runs from March to March of each year, allowing the staff to feature many campus events.
Harris is a sophomore majoring in business administration. She has worked with Argus as associate editor and as this past year’s editor in chief, where she increased the involvement of staff editors and increased marketing for the publication. She also increased the magazine’s social media presence.
Argus is Northwestern State’s award-winning art and literary magazine that showcases the best of student art, poetry and creative writing and celebrated its 40th anniversary this year. Editions are released every spring.
“Student media provides hands-on experience for students that is difficult to find in a classroom setting,” said Daniel Thiels, student media coordinator. “Whether they are designing a newspaper, yearbook, producing a live broadcast or organizing a festival, students are able to learn about theories in the classroom and then put them to work in a laboratory setting through student media. By the time they graduate, they’ll already have real work experience that makes our students competitive in the workplace.”
Northwestern State’s student media is directed by the Department of New Media, Journalism and Communication Arts. Scholarships are available for some positions and one scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman interested in working with KNWD or the Current Sauce.
For more information, on the Department of New Media, Journalism and Communication Arts visit nsula.edu/newmedia.