Mang is editor of The Panther for fall 2018

May 17, 2018

PANTHER 2018 hazel mang editor

Olanma Hazel Mang. (Panther photo by Jelah Anderson)

Olanma Hazel Mang has been named editor of The Panther for fall semester 2018.

The native of Nigeria is a senior mass communications major. She minors in biology/chemistry.

Mang succeeds May graduate Bradley Harris as Panther editor.

About the editor/in her words

I grew up in Nigeria reading books by writers like Chinua Achebe, Buchi Emecheta and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. They were stories unlike those by Enid Blyton or C.S. Lewis, whose books I also enjoyed. Achebe challenged me to learn more about Nigerian history and Igbo culture; Adichie allowed me to explore characters that talked like me; Emecheta exposed me to the pains of womanhood in Nigeria. These are the people that piqued my interest in writing. I, too, wanted to tell stories, both fiction and non-fiction. Yet, it was not until I watched Christiane Amanpour on CNN that my eyes were set on journalism.

Journalism, to me, is a megaphone. Over time, it has been a tool for change, for enlightenment. It highlights societal issues, acts of bravery, acts of god. It sparks a discourse on controversial topics and holds everyone accountable for their actions. This is something I would love to be an active part of, especially coming from a country where the people’s voice desperately needs to be heard.

In today’s world where facts are lost in a tangle of misinformation and propaganda, I think it is important to always be accurate and truthful as a journalist. This is something I’ve learned as a reporter for The Panther and I hope to make this a priority as the editor for the next academic year. I am very excited about this opportunity and it is a huge accomplishment for me.

I am a senior mass communications major with double minors in biology and chemistry. I’ll be graduating in December and while the thought of stepping into the real world is daunting, I am excited to do so. After graduation, I hope to pursue an investigative journalistic career mainly on the African continent – to underscore its cultures, the human condition and the socioeconomic factors that affect it.

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