This week, asst. news editor Sofia Hathorn sat down with Molly Jean Box, the new editor-in-chief of the Loyolan, to talk about her love for the paper and her aspirations.
1. How long have you worked at the Loyolan and what positions have you held?
I applied to the Loyolan, enthusiastically, at the beginning of my freshman year. I was hired as an assistant news editor. So I held that position the entirety of my freshman year and the beginning of my sophomore year, and then I applied to be editor-in-chief.
2. What drew you to the Loyolan originally?
I was the editor-in-chief of my high school’s newspaper, so I worked there for four years, [at] Fairview High School, [in] Boulder, Colorado. I always loved journalism and I always loved the newsroom. I think newsrooms are the greatest places on Earth. I think that they draw the craziest people, and the loudest, most opinionated, most fun and smart[est] people. I missed working in the newsroom and wanted to be in that environment again. Also, I loved the Loyolan and I wanted to contribute.
3. Why did you decide to apply for editor-in-chief?
I wanted to play a larger role in what the Loyolan was and what content we were producing and how we portrayed ourselves to the community. I wanted to serve this publication and serve my peers as much as possible, and I felt like the editor-in-chief position was the way that I could do that.
4. What excites you the most about journalism?
I think the role that it plays in our country today. Journalism is so, so important to how we interact with our society, how we interact with politics and just the world around us. I think it's important to be well informed, not just on your side of things and what you believe but the opposite side. I think it's incredibly important in our country today, especially with the current political climate, [to be] well-informed and understand all sides of things.
5. What about journalism is the most challenging for you?
I think what's challenging, for news especially, is taking your own opinion out of things and being able to be open to have a conversation or to conduct an interview with people you might not necessarily agree with. Also, deadlines: journalism is something that never sleeps. The Loyolan is a publication that never stops. It is a 24-hour job to be a journalist. You always have to be on to hear what's going on around campus or what's going on around the world, and figure out what people want to read about and what people care about. You just always have to be on.
6. What is something you hope to accomplish as editor-in-chief?
Something I hope to accomplish is to maintain what we've built so far in the Loyolan, and that is a premier publication that produces quality content. Something I want to expand is our digital presence, because, unfortunately, print is dying rapidly. As much as I love having a newspaper in my hands, it's all going digital and it's all going online. I want to keep up with the times and keep the Loyolan current and present in the public eye.
7. What is your dream job or career?
I would love to represent women in the entertainment industry far better than they are being represented right now. It's unfortunate because in the industry right now, in entertainment news, there are women—directors, producers, singers and actresses—who are asked unfair questions. It's really unfortunate that often times it is female journalists asking them those questions. During an interview with the entire "Avengers" cast, they asked Robert Downey Jr. "what was it like to get into this role and really put yourself back in a place you were 20 years ago? Was that difficult for you?" But for Scarlett Johansson I think they asked her what underwear she wearing under her suit in the movie. It's just really unfortunate that women aren't being respected. So I would love to work at a publication where we could showcase amazing things women are doing.
8. Who is your biggest role model?
My biggest role model is my dad. He was the most hard-working person I knew, and he put everything he had into every job he did, no matter how big or small it was. I hope to do the same thing at this newspaper. No matter if it’s a tiny article or breaking news, or front page, it should all be taken care of with the same ... care and meticulousness that’s needed. [My father] taught me that. So I want to carry on his legacy in that way.
9. What's your favorite memory so far at the Loyolan?
[I have] so many. The Loyolan does a retreat at the beginning of each year. We all come into the office a week before school starts. We learn so much and we remind ourselves why we do this and why it's important, and what our work means to ourselves and others. So that was so much fun just to be reminded of that, and get re-inspired to put all our hard work in. We also did some fun team bonding activities that should've destroyed the office, but didn't. I loved getting so close with the staff. This staff is my family and they're my best friends. So every time I get to come into the office—Monday, Tuesday nights, Wednesday nights, for digital, for breaking news off-campus—anytime I get to hang out with and work with my staff is so much fun.
10. What else are you involved in outside the Loyolan?
I am in Pi Beta Phi sorority. I am the vice president of recruitment there. That is honestly so, so much fun and they are all my sisters and so supportive of me. I love them.
11. What is something interesting about you that people may not know?
I can't ride a bike. I'm the youngest of five kids, and I have three nieces and a nephew.