Editorial / Production Office
Editor-in-Chief — Sydney Shaw
Sydney is a senior journalism major and communication studies minor who has worked with The Signal since her freshman year. She has previously served as managing editor, news editor for two semesters, opinions editor and news assistant. This past summer, Sydney interned at NJ Advance Media (The Star-Ledger and NJ.com), where she had the opportunity to cover dozens of shows and concerts across the state. Last summer, she wrote for The Record newspaper. Sydney is also a web designer for the College’s English Department, a member of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society and a staffer for the Loser Hall parking booth (if you have a question about parking on campus, she’s your girl).
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 — once she finds “Castaways and Cutouts,” she’ll own their entire discography. Perhaps most importantly, Sydney is a proud member of Ravenclaw House: “Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.”
Managing Editor — Chelsea LoCascio
Chelsea is a senior journalism and sociology double major. She has been involved with The Signal since she transferred to the College during her freshman year. In the past, Chelsea has served as news editor, opinions editor, production manager and features assistant. She is currently a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, and has previously interned for a magazine company in New York City, GreenGale Publishing. In the rare instance that she has time to kill, she is either reading, watching a documentary or doing something else nerdy.
News Editor — Jess Ganga
Jess is a senior journalism and professional writing major with a minor in communications. She started working for The Signal as the web assistant during her freshman year and hasn’t looked back. Jess has previously served as the nation and world editor, features editor, sports editor and is excited to dive into her new position as news editor for the fall semester.
Along with being a part of The Signal, Jess is a sister of Theta Phi Alpha sorority, a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, and serves as the secretary for Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society.
This summer, Jess spent a majority of her time in beautiful Princeton, N.J. She interned for Princeton University Press as a social media intern, managing the posts for the PUP blog. Jess also works at Triumph Brewery in Princeton as a hostess.
When Jess isn’t at the newspaper’s office, you can find her playing one of her many vinyl (her new obsession), catching up on her favorite shows (most likely “Game of Thrones”) or laughing a little too loudly with friends (probably about something weird).
News Editor — Tom Ballard
Tom is a sophomore history-secondary education dual major with an English minor. This is his third semester writing for The Signal, where he previously served as opinions editor and news assistant.
Outside of The Signal, Tom serves as one of the sophomore representatives on 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.
Sports Editor — Connor Smith
Connor is a sophomore journalism and professional writing major. He began writing for the paper during September of his freshman year. Connor was a beat writer for the wrestling and tennis teams his freshman fall and spring semesters. He also served as social media editor during his freshman spring semester. His favorite sections to write for are sports and news.
Connor enjoys watching sports, such as baseball, football and basketball. He also likes watching movies and playing games. Connor is excited to help grow The Signal’s sports section and work with the College’s stellar coaches and student athletes.
Sports Editor — George Tatoris
George is a senior journalism and interactive multimedia double major. He got into sports journalism by accident his freshman year and stumbled his way to the sports editor position after a semester as sports assistant. He started as a beat writer for cross country (because how hard could it be? It’s only running), but soon learned that every sport, even cross country, is more complicated than it seems. Since then he has written about at least two more sports — track and lacrosse — and somehow, knowledge of three sports qualifies him to be sports editor. As a sports assistant, he learned about the inner workings of The Signal and plans to use that knowledge to plot a coup — I mean work in harmony with his fellow editors for the betterment of the campus community. His hobbies include napping, Netflix and nosing about because he can’t come up with a third “n” activity. He assures any possible future employers reading this that he is much more professional than this short bio makes him out to be. Much more professional.
Features Editor — Elise Schoening
Elise is a senior 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 — Sean Reis
Sean Reis is a junior journalism and professional writer major. Though he did not work for The Signal during his freshman year, to make up for lost time, he became a sports assistant his fall semester sophomore year and served as production manager last semester.
This semester, Sean is excited to create the arts and entertainment section week after week, as music, movies and Netflix are his biggest passions. You may also frequently find Sean’s name in the sports section, where he writes about fantasy football and hockey.
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.
Opinions Editor — Craig Dietel
Craig is a junior journalism and professional writing major who is also looking to pick up a minor in communication studies. On top of being the Opinions Editor at The Signal, Craig is on the sergeant-at-arms for the Kappa Epsilon Chapter of Delta Tau Delta and a resident assistant in Building 2 at Campus Town.
This summer, he was a corporate communications intern at PSE&G. Craig has also freelanced for The Daily Record of Morristown. It is important to note that Craig is a diehard N.J. Devils fan. In his free time, you might often find Craig wishing that he had more free time.
Nation & World Editor — Nicole DeStefano
Nicole is a senior journalism and public/mass communication major. Last semester, she was the women’s and men’s track and field beat writer, and she is excited to be the nation & world editor this semester!
Nicole was a member of the winter and spring track and field teams until spring semester of her sophomore year and is currently a member of Delta Zeta sorority. She has spent her free time at the College writing for the Odyssey Online, virtually interning for GreekRank.com and working at the school fitness center.
Review Editor — Thomas Infante
Thomas is a sophomore journalism and professional writing major and philosophy minor. Before serving as the review editor this semester, he worked as a staff writer for The Signal during his freshman year. He enjoys covering entertainment mediums such as film, music and television in his reviews, and also writes creatively in his spare time.
Thomas has several years of experience playing guitar and frequently listens to many genres of music throughout the day. In addition to music and writing, his other hobbies include reading and eating.
Production Manager — Alyssa Gautieri
Alyssa is a junior English major with minors in professional writing and marketing. Alyssa got involved with The Signal at the start of her sophomore year as a staff writer for the arts & entertainment section. She is also a member of the international English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta. During the week, Alyssa works at the College’s tutoring center as a writing, French and English tutor. When Alyssa isn’t working, she usually wastes her free time watching videos of puppies, binge watching Netflix or eating ice cream.
Web Editor — Jennifer Goetz
Jen Goetz is a junior journalism major with a marketing minor who has been writing for The Signal since her freshman year. Jen was the Nation & World Editor for Spring 2016, and is excited to be the new Web Editor! She is a member of the Student United Way Club, a TCNJ desk assistant 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!
Social Media Editor — Andrew Street
Andrew is a senior 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 College’s 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.
Social Media Editor — Lizzie Zakaim
Lizzie Zakaim is a sophomore and current open options student looking to double major in journalism and psychology. She started writing for The Signal her first semester of freshman year and hasn’t stopped since. She is now a social media editor for The Signal and cannot wait to become even more involved with the paper. When she is not writing, Lizzie can be found rehearsing with the Treblemakers, the all-female a capella group on campus, or analyzing poetry for the College’s literary magazine, Lion’s Eye.
Photo Editor — Kim Iannarone
She has worked the previous two semesters as Photo Editor for The Signal during her sophomore year and as Photo Assistant during her spring semester of freshmen year. One of her favorite events she has covered with The Signal was of Bill Clinton for the Hillary Clinton campaign speech.
During her free time, she enjoys watching Netflix and hanging out with her friends!
Business Manager — Ricky Zhao
Ricky is a senior 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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