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Cassidy Chreene is in her third year at the University of West Georgia pursuing a dual degree in Mass Communications and German. She is excited to begin working with The West Georgian and to grow as a journalist. Cassidy also serves as a Senator on Student Government Association and is a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority. She loves photography, arguing politics, and hiking with her dog, Rosie. After graduation Cassidy hopes to move to Washington D.C. to establish herself as a political journalist and maybe one day work as the Press Secretary to the White House.

Nat Cowherd is a senior at the University of West Georgia, majoring in Mass Communications. Nat began writing for The West Georgian in 2014 and is excited to continue evolving as a journalist. He enjoys life as an overall sports enthusiast, book reader and collector of interesting ideas. After graduation Nat has plans to move back to his hometown Washington, D.C. to pursue a career in print and radio. In the future, he hopes to some day edit and produce content as part of his own media group.

Leah Mirabella is a junior at UWG. She is perusing a degree in Mass Communications with a focus in convergence journalism. Leah has held the position of Chief Copy Editor at The West Georgian since January of 2014. Born and raised in Harris County, GA, Leah has always had a passion for being a part of the community around her. For her, journalism highlights the connections that people make with one another; it allows people to have a better understanding of the complex world they live in. Leah aspires to go into the journalistic writing field and work for a newspaper, magazine or blog. Before The West Georgian, Leah managed her high school’s social media outlets to keep students updated and informed about the happenings at the school. She was also the features editor of the Harris County High School’s yearbook. Aside from writing, Leah also enjoys photography, cooking and refurbishing antiques. Leah is a honors student, a member of Alpha Delta Lambda Honors Society, and a Presidential Scholarship recipient. She is also involved with several campus ministries including Christian Campus Fellowship and Midway Campus Ministries.

With a major in Mass Communications and a minor in Creative Writing, Annierra Matthews is a senior at the University of West Georgia. She is excited about being on the staff this year and hopes to gain plenty of learning experience. After graduating UWG, Matthews hopes to become an editor and to publish short stories. If her career in journalism does not work out, she plans to go back to school to study library science. Her hobbies are watching television, reading and writing.

Daniel Burkhart is is a senior at UWG majoring in Computer Science. Born and raised a Georgia native, Burkhart always knew that he wanted to study and utilize technology for his career. Before coming on to The West Georgian staff in Spring 2014, Burkhart has had past experience from both instruction and personal experience in Web Design and Web Management. While in high school, Burkhart began teaching himself Web Design knowing that it would be a useful skill in the professional world. Other activities that Burkhart enjoys are reading, enjoying time with friends and family, and music. After completing his undergraduate degree, Burkhart aspires to go on to graduate school to obtain his M.S. in Computer Science, followed by a career in the professional field of either software development or networking.

Roger Newell is a senior Mass Communication major with a concentration in journalism here at the University of West Georgia. Roger has served a contributing writer, as well the Features Editor and Circulation Manager for The West Georgian” for the last two years. Roger firmly believes that anyone dreams and aspirations can come true if they work hard and strive to have a positive impact on their community and society. In his spare time, Roger enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and learning new things about life and the world around him.

As an educator my goal is twofold: to provide viable career training, and to foster critical thinking in hope of spurring progressive social change. Although my professional history and current focus at UWG is in journalism, I also have a strong background in cultural studies, critical theory, and critical/rhetorical ethnography. My research is focused on gendered identities associated with rock music subcultures. At present I am rewriting my dissertation, “‘Doing it for The Dudes’: A Comparative Ethnographic Study of Performative Masculinity in Heavy Metal and Hardcore Subcultures” as a book project. I am excited to be working with the staff of The West Georgian, and have high expectations for the newspaper this year.

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