Jacob Cornblatt talks about his new position as editor-in-chief of the Loyolan and his upcoming plans for the paper.

1. When did you join the Loyolan and what positions did you hold before?

I joined the Loyolan during the first semester of my freshman year as a Life and Arts intern. By second semester, I was assistant Life and Arts editor, and about halfway through that semester, I moved to Life and Arts editor.

2. When and why did you first get into journalism?

I did journalism in high school. I worked for my high school paper The Prowler, and I did it because I really love writing. I never was particularly interested in journalism until I joined. I just wanted an outlet to write and publish, and then I fell in love with journalism itself.

3. What made you want to apply to be editor-in-chief?

I think I have ideas about how to move the paper forward and ideas about where it's lacking. We have a lot of upperclassmen leaving, so there was a big dent in the executive board for next year. So I just figured I could take the hammer and do it.

4. How has the Loyolan shaped your life in college?

It's piqued my interest in the campus itself. If I wasn't working at the Loyolan, I probably wouldn't be so engaged with the different communities, staff and people we've done stories on. It's really made me realize how much history and interest there is at LMU.

5. What’s one big project you want to accomplish as editor-in-chief ?

I want the website to be as accessible and easy to read as possible. I want to make sure the paper is guiding people to the website, because we post almost twice as much content there. So as important as the paper is, I want to make sure that people are checking the website constantly when something happens. When students are curious about something, I want to aim for the website to be people's first response.

6. What is something most people don’t know about the Loyolan?

I would say how many people work here. There are so many people. Not every person who works here is writing, and not every person who writes is in every paper. People forget that the Loyolan is only 16 pages, which displays probably half of the people who actually work here.

7. What’s the value in media and journalism?

I know it's said over and over again now, but we're living in a time where media is being questioned. Authenticity is being questioned, and that conversely puts media in a more important position than ever before. Media needs to defend its right to publish, its relevancy and its factualness. It needs to not stand down in the face of threat.

8. What are three things no one knows about you?

My friends know this, but I watch a movie every day. That's a big one. I'm an avid, avid fan of wearing a helmet while I ride a bike. Third one, I'm becoming a theological studies minor.

9. What’s your best memory at the Loyolan?

My best memory at the Loyolan is chair racing. Every once in a while on Monday nights, we'd line up the chairs and run from one side of the office into the chair and see how far we could get. It's pretty exciting.

10. What is one thing you want to accomplish outside of work?

It's very personal, but I really want to focus on just enjoying the beauty of California. I want to remind myself to smell the air and look around and just really enjoy it. We're just in such a beautiful area, and I feel like I always take it for granted.

11. What's your favorite TV show or movie?

Hard question to ask a film major. I'll pick this one because few have seen it and I think many should. It’s got a couple translations because it's Korean, but the title it's most often called is “The Day He Arrives.” It's a really great, funny Korean drama that deserves more attention than it gets.

12. Who are your role models?

Okay. I would say one of them is the guy who made that movie. His name is Hong Sang-soo. He is efficient, artistic and brilliant. He makes, like, three movies a year, and he's constantly building off himself. I think that's something to be admired. I would also say my biggest role model is [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez]. I think she's everybody's [role model] right now. She's standing up for what she believes in. She's not letting anyone get her down. She's being funny and she's showing her intelligence. I think she's someone to be admired.

Isabella is as senior political science major from Seattle, Washington and Costa Rica. You can find her playing tennis or eating Asian food.

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