Daily elects new leaders to top spots

by Kori Koch

The Minnesota Daily’s Board of Directors elected a new Office of the Publisher for the upcoming year Wednesday.

The yearlong positions will begin May 27, and job training will begin immediately.

Justin Scott will be the president and co-publisher for organizational development and communications. Britt Johnsen will be the co-publisher and editor in chief. Melissa Lappin will remain the co-publisher and business operations officer.

All students are current staff members of the Daily.

Scott has worked at the Daily for two years and is currently the classified sales manager. In the three different positions he has had, Scott said, he has taken advantage of trying new things and gained respect for what goes on at the Daily.

As president, Scott said, he will apply his experience and passion for the Daily to help others.

Scott said he is also excited to use his new position as a liaison between the newspaper and University community.

In her two years of experience at the Daily, Johnsen, current managing editor, has witnessed many changes, she said.

“I knew that if I got this job, I could take the Daily where I really want it to go,” she said.

Johnsen said she wants to diversify the Daily’s coverage and staff, and increase training efforts and readership.

Earning a second year in her current position as co-publisher and business operations officer, Lappin said she will be a good resource for the managers.

“I feel once you’ve been here for a year, you just have so much more knowledge in being able to help develop managers, instead of learning with them,” she said.

Accomplishments Lappin will strive for in the upcoming year include ensuring the Daily is fiscally responsible, she said.

She also plans to increase the availability of the Daily in the community.

“I want to constantly evaluate our distribution sites to make sure that every University of Minnesota community member has access to the Daily,” she said.

Both Johnsen and Lappin said the Daily serves as a primary information source for the University community.

Covering University issues and events, the Daily provides an important form of communication, Lappin said.

Johnsen said, “It’s responsible for informing students about things going on in their lives.”