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Summer Wildcat editor ready for weekly challenges


Arizona Daily Wildcat

Journalism senior Brett Erickson (left) and creative writing/journalism senior Eric Swedlund enjoy the fragrant blossoms near old main yesterday. Swedlund, the current City Desk editor for the Wildcat, will be the summer editor in chief, and Erickson, the current Sports editor, will be editor in chief in the fall. God help us!!!

By Ryan Bolin
Arizona Daily Wildcat,
April 14, 2000
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Eric Swedlund plans on sweating through another Tucson summer to head the staff at the Wildcat.

"It's a good time, and it gives you a lot of experience," said Swedlund, currently the news editor. "The Summer Wildcat gives you more time to work with articles."

Swedlund, a creative writing and journalism senior, was selected Friday by the Student Media Board as the newspaper's summer editor in chief. Brett Erickson, a journalism senior, will assume the position in the fall.

The editor's job includes managing the individual desks, generating story ideas, editing, and writing editorials. The Summer Wildcat publishes once a week June 5 to August 9, and also prepares the annual "Campus Guide," mailed to all new students.

Swedlund joined the staff as a news reporter in spring 1999, and continued through the summer. He became the assistant news editor in fall 1999 and was promoted to news editor this spring.

Swedlund said he plans on making some format changes but realizes a different approach to news is required with a weekly newspaper.

"I would like to go back to the magazine format we had a couple of summers ago," he said. "However, it's tough to stay on breaking news with a weekly, and sports and arts events quiet down over the summer."

Outgoing Editor in Chief Tate Williams said he is confident in Swedlund's ability as an editor and reporter.

"The Summer Wildcat takes a lot of ingenuity to run. Eric is a smart journalist and he'll do a good job," he said.

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