Inside Loyola student writers: (L to R) Ashton Mitchell, Akanksha Jayanthi, and Rianne Coale

The end of the school year is upon us, and with it comes the end of a run for three of Inside Loyola’s outstanding student journalists: Akanksha Jayanthi, Ashton Mitchell, and Rianne Coale. Today, we want to introduce you to the faces behind many of the excellent feature stories and profiles that you’ve been reading in Inside Loyola.

Akanksha Jayanthi, a member of the Inside Loyola team since August 2012, will graduate with honors this week with a BA in journalism and Spanish and an international studies minor. In addition to her time at Inside Loyola, Akanksha served as editor-in-chief of Compass, a new online alumni magazine affiliated with the School of Communication advanced reporting class. Akanksha has also served as a peer tutor at the Writing Center, a Spanish tutor at the Center for Tutoring and Academic Excellence, a staff writer for the Loyola Phoenix, and an editorial intern at Fronteras, a weekly Spanish-language publication affiliated with The Columbus Dispatch. Akanksha is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Alpha Sigma Nu, a four-year Loyola academic scholarship recipient, and a consistent member of both the College of Arts and Sciences and School of Communication dean’s lists. On the fun fact side, Akanksha is a hockey enthusiast and an avid supporter of her hometown Columbus Blue Jackets (we’re doing what we can to get her to jump on the Blackhawks bandwagon). Following graduation, Akanksha will pursue a career in the publishing industry. Of course we’re biased, but some company will be very lucky to have her writing/editing skills.

Ashton Mitchell, also a member of the Inside Loyola team since August 2012, will graduate with honors this week with a BA in communication studies. During her Loyola experience, Ashton has served as the disability news intern at WLS-TV (Chicago’s ABC affiliate), a Loyola student ambassador, a storytelling workshop member for Chicago Public Media, an intern with WTTW-TV’s Chicago Tonight news program, and a reporter for WLUW-FM’s Lunchtime News radio program. Ashton is also the president of Loyola’s Society of Professional Journalists chapter, a student advisor for the School of Communication Dean’s Advisory Council, and an inductee of Loyola’s Alpha Kappa Psi (a professional business fraternity) chapter. Next week, Ashton will join WBBM-TV (Chicago’s CBS affiliate) as a desk associate, where she will work the station’s assignment desk following up on breaking stories, writing scripts, handling production work, conducting interviews, and more. A Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native, Ashton is a self-proclaimed “news addict,” and one of the more driven students we’ve had the fortune of working with in University Marketing and Communication.

Rianne Coale, a member of the Inside Loyola team since summer 2012 and a rising senior, is moving on this week to pursue new internship opportunities that will further her development as a journalist. In addition to her work with Inside Loyola, Rianne’s honed her journalism skills through a number of positions, including editor of the Loyola Student Dispatch, sports writer for the Loyola Phoenix, and news anchor for the Rambler Sports Locker, the University’s student-run sports television show that she co-founded. In her spare time, of which she doesn’t have much thanks to a retail job she also holds, Rianne serves as part of the 2012–13 Loyola 45 Kings ensemble, an on-campus improv team. Rianne was recently honored at the April School of Communication Honors Reception and Student Showcase, where she was named the recipient of the Jim Gibbons Broadcast Scholarship, Walkowicz Scholarship, and a School of Communication scholarship. Rianne has a bright future in either print or broadcast journalism and we’re excited for her as she spends the next academic year preparing for her life after Loyola.

All of us at University Marketing and Communication are proud of these three excellent students and we’re grateful for all the wonderful stories they produced as our interns. Each of them brought a unique personality and work ethic to our department and we’ll miss their professionalism, experience, enthusiasm, passion, and laughter (lots of laughter!). Good luck to the three of you!