The Daily Tar Heel selected a new leader Saturday: junior Rachel Jones.
Jones, a journalism major and English minor, is currently the online managing editor for the DTH. Her role as editor-in-chief will begin in the fall.
“I’m ridiculously excited,” Jones said following her victory. “This just feels really great after being on this paper for three years, knowing that I’m going to lead it for my senior year and getting ready to do that for the next couple of weeks is going to be really, really exciting.”
Jones ran unopposed for the position on a platform that highlighted increasing diversity within the newsroom, consolidating City and State & National coverage, and increasing transparency within the DTH Board of Directors. She was chosen by a selection committee made up of students, DTH editors, professors and community members.
Alexander Rike, a program manager for the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, was on the committee. He said he appreciated Jones’ clarity to the questions they had and her plans for covering Chapel Hill and Carrboro.