POWELL, Wyo. - Northwest College in Powell announced recently that Torrington High School graduate Jessica Keller was selected to serve as the 2012-13 editor for the national award-winning Northwest Trail, NWC’s student-produced newspaper.
Keller is currently the paper's senior government reporter and advertising manager. She assumes her editor duties in August at the start of fall semester.
"I'm very proud of the compelling, accurate journalism Jessica has produced and am utterly confident she will be a solid leader for the newsroom," Holly J. Wolcott, a journalism instructor and Trail adviser, said.
Keller was chosen for the post by NWC’s committee on student publications. Her mission for the paper is to expand campus coverage, particularly student feature stories; increase the newspaper's web presence and social media offerings; and forge an even stronger relationship with the radio, television and photography programs.
Keller brings award-winning reporting skills to the editor’s desk. This year, she received the Society of Professional Journalists’ national first place Mark of Excellence Award in the breaking news category for her piece about an NWC student senate ruling that denied the campus veterans club’s request for a community service exemption in applying for senate funding. She travels to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in September to be honored at the SPJ national convention.
The new editor plans to hone her skills this summer as an intern at the Cody Enterprise.
She is the daughter of Bob Keller and Marlene Granger of Torrington.