Editorial / Production Office
Editor-in-Chief – Colleen Murphy
Colleen is a senior journalism and professional writing major with minors in women’s and gender studies and communication studies. She is in Women in Learning and Leadership and is secretary of the College’s chapter of Golden Key. Colleen has interned with both Seventeen’s and Cosmopolitan’s web teams (and loved it)! For the past three summers, she coached her town’s swim team. This summer, she also freelanced for The Times of Trenton. In her free time, you can find Colleen hanging out with her family, watching TV or convincing her dog to love her more. In this picture, Colleen is spelunking in New Hampshire.
Managing Editor – Sydney Shaw
Sydney is a junior journalism major and communication studies minor who has worked with The Signal since her freshman year. Since then, she has served as news assistant, opinions editor and news editor. Sydney interned at The Record newspaper last summer, in addition to working as a consultant at Shmoop, a digital curriculum and test prep company. There, she penned the College’s online profile.
Sydney also works for the College as a web designer for the English Department, where she conducts interviews, utilizes WordPress for design and curates content for the site.
When she’s not writing, Sydney can be found trying not to lose her glasses in mosh pits or relaxing at home listening to her Decemberists records. Perhaps most importantly, Sydney is a proud member of Ravenclaw House: “Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.”
News Editor – Ellie Schuckman
Ellie is a sophomore communication studies major with a concentration in radio, TV & film who has previously served as news editor, opinions editor and news assistant. In addition to her work for The Signal, Ellie is the special events producer for Lions’ Television and writes sketches for its comedy show, “Kendallarious.” She is a die-hard New York Rangers fan and in her spare time can be found binge-watching TV shows.
News Editor – Chelsea LoCascio
Chelsea is a junior journalism and sociology double major. Though she will miss being the opinions editor, she is pumped to be a part of the news team this semester. Chelsea has been involved with The Signal since she transferred here during her freshman year. She is currently a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the National English Honor Society, and Investigative Reporters and Editors. In the rare instance that she has time to kill, she is either reading, watching a documentary or doing something else nerdy.
Sports Editor – Michael Battista
Michael is a sophomore journalism and professional writing major, with an interdisciplinary concentration in law and society. He has written for the newspaper since his first semester in the college and gained interest in the editing aspects during his tenure as a Sports Assistant. You can usually see him on Wednesday afternoons driving a golf cart around campus delivering The Signal to buildings around campus, with only 4 reported injuries on his record!
With a passion for professional football, hockey, baseball and in most things sports, including WWE which he knows way too much about, Michael tries to cover things no one else will but with the same amount of passion as a devoted fan. Classic movie quotes and even dumber jokes are sure to come in a headline near you!
Sports Editor – Jess Ganga
Jess is a junior journalism and professional writing major with a minor in communications. She started out working for The Signal as the web editor assistant during her freshman year. Jess has previously served as the Nation and World editor and Features editor and is looking forward to her new position as Sports editor Along with working on the editorial staff, Jess writes for the sports section as a beat writer, covering the swimming and diving and baseball teams. Jess is a sister of the sorority Theta Phi Alpha. When she isn’t in The Signal office or at a sporting event, you can find Jess rooting for her favorite sports teams (New York Yankees and New York Rangers!), catching up on her Netflix shows or spending time with friends (which is mostly likely during production night…).
Features Editor – Elise Schoening
Elise is a junior journalism and professional writing major with minors in marketing and women’s and gender studies. She has been involved in The Signal since her sophomore year and has previously held the positions of Features Assistant and Review Editor. In addition to The Signal, Elise works as a resident assistant for Campus Town. When she’s not in The Signal office or on duty, Elise can probably be found binge-watching the latest show on Netflix and drinking chai tea lattes.
Arts & Entertainment Editor– Kimberly Ilkowski
Kim is a junior journalism and professional writing major and interactive multimedia minor who has written for the paper since her freshman year. Previously, she has served as Features Editor, Review Editor and resident Hawaiian shirt wearer. When she’s not shouting out the answers during Jeopardy and eating as much pizza as possible, she’s hosting her own radio show at the College’s own 91.3 FM WTSR. You can catch her ’90s alternative and grunge specialty show “In Bloom” on Wednesday nights from 6-8pm online or on the dial.
Her role as A&E Editor as well as DJ help her further dive into her love for all things music and entertainment. She also works for the College as the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Webmaster, where she conducts interviews and curates content. In the magical realm of free time, Kim enjoys taking pictures and going to shows.
Opinions Editor –Tom Ballard
Tom is a freshman history-secondary education dual major with an English minor. This is his second semester writing for The Signal, where he previously served as news assistant. Outside of The Signal, Tom serves as one of the freshman representatives to the Student Finance Board. He can also be found watching the latest political drama on Netflix and telling random historical facts to everyone he knows.?
Nation & World Editor – Jennifer Goetz
Jen Goetz is a sophomore journalism major who has been writing for The Signal since her freshman year. Jen is excited to be taking on the role of Nation & World editor! She is a member of the Student United Way Club and is a sister of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. When she has downtime, Jen enjoys relaxing with friends, surfing the internet (most likely Buzzfeed) and completing as many crossword puzzles as she can!
Review Editor – Jackie Delaney
Jackie is a sophomore English major, with a minor in creative writing. In the past, she has served as Production Manager and News Assistant for The Signal. She is currently pursuing a self-designed major in publishing and editing, an industry where she hopes to one day publish the next bestseller. In her free time, Jackie spends way too much time reading books and searching for a new Netflix series to binge-watch.
Production Manager – Sean Reis
Sean Reis is a sophomore journalism and professional writing major with a minor in creative writing. He may not have worked with The Signal during his freshman year, but making up for lost time, he joined the staff as soon as possible last semester and is excited to be the production manager. You will frequently find Sean writing for the sports section and the arts and entertainment section, two of his biggest passions (excluding Netflix). When he isn’t writing for the paper, you can read his posts on an electronic music blog, where he covers the latest indie dance music while attending raves and festivals in the tri-state area.
Web Editor – Alyssa Sanford
Alyssa is a junior English major and Journalism & Professional Writing minor. She started working at The Signal as a News Assistant in the spring of 2015. She will also continue to cover the Student Government beat this year. Whenever she’s not working on stories for The Signal, she’s probably listening to Hamilton, re-watching The Office on Netflix, or laughing about terrible reality TV shows with friends.
Social Media Editor – Connor Smith
Connor is a freshman journalism and professional writing major. He began writing for the paper this past September and wanted to be more involved with the editing process. Connor has covered the wrestling team during the fall and spring semesters. His favorite sections to write for are sports and arts & entertainment.
Connor enjoys watching sports, such as baseball, football and basketball. He also enjoys watching movies and playing games. Connor is excited to help grow The Signal’s social media presence and looks forward to working with his co-editor, Andrew.
Social Media Editor – Andrew Street
Andrew is a junior public and mass communications major with a minor in professional writing. He is thrilled to elevate his contributions to The Signal through his passion for social media. In addition to writing for the paper, Andrew can be found at the Lion’s Television station where he lends a hand with audio, as well as serving your entertainment needs at the TCNJ box office.
When not writing or perusing social media, Andrew enjoys reading graphic novels and indulging in his passion of playing and discussing video games. Influenced by the greatest teams of developers, marketers and writers, Andrew aspires to work in the game industry, pursuing a position in community management.
Photo Editor – Kim Iannarone
Kim is a sophomore psychology major who has previously been Photo Assistant for The Signal during her freshman year. Her prior experience involved being a photographer for her hometown magazine, the North Caldwell Magazine. During Kim’s free time, she enjoys watching Netflix and rooting for the New York Giants!
Business Manager – Ricky Zhao
Ricky is a junior accounting major with a minor in computer science. He is the current President of Chinese Student’s Association and the Vice President of Finance of the international fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi at TCNJ. Ricky is an avid tennis player with a quality taste in music.
The Signal is also created with the help of its editorial and photo assistants, as well as many staff writers, columnists, staff photographers and correspondents who work every week to deliver the news to The College of New Jersey community.
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