During my tenure as editor-in-chief of The Miami Studet, the organization has seen a series of firsts: its first news documentary, Oxford's first city council debate, the first issue of The Miami Student Magazine and more. Below are a few of the TMS projects I have facilitated as editor.

'High Risk' Documentary

For two months, Miami Student reporters asked dozens of students, administrators and Oxford residents the same question: “How do you define Miami’s drinking culture?” Our coverage, both in print and in a news documentary, explored the ways in which alcohol is regarded and consumed by Miami students.

This documentary was shared on our website in April 2017 and presented at an on-campus screening. The release was preceded by several print stories about Miami's drinking culture. The reporting project was prompted, in part, by the death of a first-year Miami student from heavy drinking in January.

Two TMS staffers, A.J. Newberry and Ceili Doyle, led the production of this documentary, but most members of the editorial staff contributed to the project.

Oxford City Council Debate

The Miami Student hosted its first-ever Oxford City Council debate Wednesday, Oct. 18 in Wilks Theater. Eight of nine candidates vying for four open spots on the city’s council lined the stage to answer questions about Oxford’s most pressing issues. Attended by community members, faculty and Miami students, the forum brought together many of the community’s stakeholders to talk town-gown relations, local business, environmental concerns and more.

I helped to host the debate along with Jack Evans, Managing Editor and Jake Gold, Assistant News Editor. Click the photo above to view our Facebook livestream of the debate.

The Miami Student Magazine

For the first time, The Miami Student is publishing a news magazine. The first issue — comprised of 40 pages of narrative nonfiction and longform content — will be released this month on Nov. 30. Contact Emily to receive a copy.