The selection committee reviewed Thomason’s 17-point platform.
The platform includes ways to improve article content, multimedia, transparency and reporter training.
Members of the selection board said they were impressed with Thomason’s passion and experience.
“You could tell he has a vision and knows how to achieve his goals,” Evans said.
Thomason’s three-year experience also convinced the selection committee of his capability.
“Most of his platform was pragmatic,” said Cameron Parker, member of the selection committee. “He understands the way the paper works.”
Parker, former opinion editor of The Daily Tar Heel, said enterprise stories must be improved in order for the paper to remain prestigious.
And Thomason agrees. He plans to create a deputy managing editor for enterprise in order to encourage long term, investigative stories.
Thomason will also focus on enhancing the paper’s role as a public servant and increasing transparency.
Another main area of Thomason’s platform is to increase trust among the paper’s main audience: students.
“Lack of trust among readers who may have felt that way for a long time is a difficult challenge,” he said.
To alleviate students’ concerns about misquoting and libel, Thomason will increase and standardize training for all writers.
Current Editor-in-Chief Steven Norton said Thomason was a great choice for the position.
“From the first time I saw him work, I witnessed his capability for leadership,” Norton said.
Norton’s advice for Thomason is to not be too hard on himself.
“There will be bad days, but there will also be magnificent triumphs,” he said. “And you always have tomorrow to do better with another paper.”
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