The Rocky Mountain Collegian is an independent print and online newspaper where students have the authority to make content decisions. Since 1891, The Rocky Mountain Collegian has been the student voice of Colorado State University. The Collegian has a long history and reputation as an award-winning publication, particularly in the west, and is frequently recognized nationally by The Associated Collegiate Press and by The Society of Professional Journalists. The publication’s purpose is threefold: to serve as a news source, to create a platform for discourse and to provide skill development opportunity for student staff. The Collegian strives to cover and explain the relevance of issues that impact the Colorado State community – primarily students – by being a platform for a broad scope of perspectives. The Collegian publishes daily online content Monday through Friday and a print edition on Mondays and Thursdays during the academic year.
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Editor-in-Chief: Lauryn Bolz
Lauryn Bolz is passionate about the powers of both linguistic and visual communication, and she wants to unite her interests in these areas to improve the environment and content at The Collegian. Hoping to bridge the gaps between anthropology, aesthetics and journalism, Bolz works to make the newsroom a more inviting and inclusive space for the student body. As the EiC of The Collegian’s 129th year of existence, she invites any student with something to say to come down (virtually, for now) to the newsroom. Read more about Bolz here.
Content Managing Editor: Abby Vander Graaff
Abby Vander Graaff studies Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts, along with Spanish and Anthropology, which means she is in the business of finding creative, collaborative solutions to complex problems. This journey has led her around the world and she hopes it will continue to do so, as understanding diverse perspectives is crucial to our existence as human beings. Abby started at The Collegian as an opinion columnist, and is now content managing editor. She hopes that her work has a positive impact on the Colorado State University and Fort Collins community. Read more about Abby here.
Digital and Design Managing Editor: Matt Tackett
Matt Tackett is a communication studies major and has worked for The Collegian for three years as a photographer and as the previous photo director. Tackett cannot wait for another great year covering the campus and Fort Collins communities. Read more about Matt here.
Student Media Advisor: Jake Sherlock
Jake Sherlock likes his music loud, his wrestling professional and his journalism available on-demand. He enjoys breaking news tweets, long reads, investigative reports, satirical spins, thoughtful columnists and hot sports takes.
Sherlock joined Rocky Mountain Student Media as the student media adviser in September of 2019. His primary duties are to help RMSMC students produce quality journalism that informs and enlights the CSU and Fort Collins communities. His secondary duties are to make sure the candy bowl is always filled. He’s much better at his primary duty than his secondary.
He holds a bachelor’s in journalism and a master’s in communications from the University of Wyoming. Sherlock was the editor of his college newspaper and held a variety of other writing, editing and photography positions within student media. He also spent more than 10 years working with student media at the Missouri School of Journalism and at Laramie County Community College.
Outside of student media, Sherlock has experience in print and web design, copy editing, public relations, marketing, reporting, sports writing and pizza delivery, but he’s really out of practice on the pizza thing.