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.”