County na­tive takes helm of Whig’s fea­tures sec­tion


— Read­ers may have no­ticed some changes to the Cecil Whig’s fea­ture sec­tions lately as a new edi­tor has taken the helm.

Ear­lier this month, Joe Antoshak, a 2016 Univer­sity of Mary­land grad­u­ate, be­came the edi­tor of the pa­per’s Ac­cent and Jump­start sec­tions, re­plac­ing Dara McBride, who re­turned to Syra­cuse Univer­sity to seek a grad­u­ate de­gree. In this ca­pac­ity, Antoshak will over­see the con­tent of the sec­tions and also write many of the ar­ti­cles.

“We were sad to see Dara leave af­ter sev­eral years of strong lead­er­ship as both deputy news edi­tor and fea­tures edi­tor, but we were so glad to re­place her with some­one many in our com­mu­nity would be fa­mil­iar with,” said Ja­cob Owens, man­ag­ing edi­tor of the Whig. “We be­lieve that Joe will bring some new ideas to our fea­tures sec­tion that read­ers will want.”

A 2012 Per­ryville High School grad­u­ate, Antoshak also pre­vi­ously



in­terned at the Whig dur­ing the sum­mer of 2013 and said he is ex­cited to re­turn to his home­town pa­per.

“I feel an al­most strangely strong con­nec­tion to the area and I wanted to come back and cut my teeth on some com­mu­nity jour­nal­ism back in my home area,” he said. “I think the pa­per is at an ex­cit­ing time now too and it seemed like a re­ally great time to get in on it.”

Antoshak first got in­ter­ested in jour­nal­ism dur­ing his time at Per­ryville High, where he had sev­eral great English teach­ers who en­cour­aged his pas­sion for writ­ing. In col­lege, he worked for The Di­a­mond­back, UMD’s stu­dent news­pa­per, as both a fea­tures writer and later, the news edi­tor, be­fore grad­u­at­ing with a jour­nal­ism de­gree.

Going for­ward, Antoshak said read­ers can ex­pect a wider va­ri­ety of con­tent in the fea­tures sec­tion in­clud­ing more col­umns, more long-form sto­ries and a re­newed fo­cus on hu­man in­ter­est sto­ries. For ex­am­ple, Antoshak has started a monthly col­umn, “Cecil Eats,” which will fo­cus on the county restau­rant scene and writ­ten ar­ti­cles about a lo­cal photographer who’s gain­ing fame in a na­tional con­test and about one county res­i­dent’s 105th birth­day party.

Be­yond the lo­cal con­tent, read­ers can also ex­pect more ar­ti­cles on the na­tional and re­gional pop cul­ture and en­ter­tain­ment scenes in­clud­ing re­views of re­cently re­leased al­bums and movies. But Antoshak em­pha­sized that the sec­tion will re­tain its lo­cal fo­cus.

“We’re not going to loose the com­mu­nity cov­er­age, we’re just going to ex­pand a lit­tle bit into the re­gion and into the na­tional pop cul­ture scene,” he said. “We’re still going to cover lo­cal artists, that will re­main our fo­cus, along with lo­cal events, but we’re just going to open the door a lit­tle bit more.”

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