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Hyde assumes role as new Houstonian editor-in-chief

Published: Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 10:12

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Kaleigh Treiber | The Houstonian

Hyde has interned with various media outlets including the Huntsville Item and Community Impact Newspapers as well as completing a mentorship program with United Press International.

The Houstonian, Sam Houston State University’s independent student newspaper, announced Connor Hyde as the new editor-in-chief beginning January 2014.

The senior mass communication major said his vision as editor-in-chief is to expand on the paper’s online presence, pursue hard news and features in each section and develop strong investigative stories.

Hyde will replace current editor-in-chief Stephen Green, whose second year-long appointment ends in December, after serving as a contributor, sports reporter and as the most recent sports editor. With experience holding different roles during Green’s tenure, faculty adviser Robin Johnson, Ph.D., said Hyde’s determination as a leader on the paper will help uphold the ethics and standards of the Houstonian.

“During his time as sports editor, Connor won the respect of the staff and admiration from journalism and mass communication faculty,” Johnson said. “He has ambitious and practical goals for the Houstonian, and I am excited to work with him to realize them.”

Hyde said filling Green’s footprint at the Houstonian will prove as a challenge throughout the semester, but he is dedicated to continue to expand on the paper’s strengths.

“I have the upmost respect for Stephen and everything that he has done for the paper,” Hyde said. “My role will not come easy, and I’m ready to continue the legacy that Stephen began as editor-in-chief. “

Johnson agreed and said Green has helped the paper become the strongest it has been since coming on as the editor-in-chief. Johnson added the Houstonian’s coverage has grown exponentially and has maintained strong coverage of university issues, with a national footprint in online content.

Green said he is thankful for the opportunity as the editor-in-chief for two years, and is excited to “get into the trenches and do some reporting again.”

“Being an editor is tough but [Hyde] has the ability to take the paper in a direction I’d be proud of,” Green said. “Being editor for two years is more than most students can say.”

During Hyde’s time at SHSU and the Houstonian, he has covered various beats ranging from arts and entertainment, sports as well as heading coverage of major breaking news stories including the stabbings at Lone Star College in Cypress, Texas, in spring 2013.

Hyde is a transfer student from Hendrix College and is expected to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in multiplatform journalism in August 2014. Outside of the university, Hyde has interned with various media outlets including the Huntsville Item and Community Impact Newspapers. He also completed a mentorship program with United Press International. 

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