Meet Rosiland Fletcher

Rosiland Fletcher

Rosiland grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2022 with a bachelor of science in journalism and a minor in international dtudies.

In her academics and prevocational focus, she focused on research of particular sociopolitical and global topics to provide constructive discourse and understanding when discussed in the media.

During her time at BGSU, she worked for the university’s student-led media, BG Falcon Media where she served in various leadership roles such as Copy Chief, Managing Editor, and Executive Content Director. She started out at the copy desk in 2018, and continued with copy editing and reporting through her four years.

She was also a Thompson Family Scholar, and took part in various student organizations that contributed to her passion for bridging the cultural gap between marginalized communities. Between fall 2022 to 2023, Rosiland pursued volunteer opportunities in Thailand and Mexico, and she interned as a Communications, Marketing and Social Media Specialist for United Aviate Academy in Goodyear, Ariz.

As Rosiland didn’t anticipate returning to a newsroom, she’s excited to start back at The Blade’s newsroom and have the opportunity to grow and do what she loves.

Summer book club to begin next week

Beginning Wednesday, June 12, the features department will be hosting a weekly book club at 1 p.m. to discuss The Art and Craft of Feature Writing by William E. Blundell.

Based on an internal Wall Street Journal manual, the book covers topics like cultivating sources, story structure and transitions, crafting strong features leads, and self-editing for precision and flow.For those who would like to join, see Lillian to check out a copy of the book provided by The Blade. We will meet as a group in the features department at 1 p.m. before moving to a larger space or going outside if weather permits.

Hope to see you there!

2024 summer interns

Andrew Cramer

Andrew Cramer

Andrew is going into his senior year at Yale, where he is majoring in Ethics, Politics & Economics, with a concentration in issue voting in American politics.

He loves to run, walk, and hike, and is looking for good spots in Toledo.

Read his bio

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Maggie Grether

Maggie Grether

Maggie hails from Pasadena, Calif., where she was born and raised. She now attends Yale University, pursuing degrees in history and comparative literature.

She loves cooking, listening to live music, and visiting new cities.

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Lily Belle Poling

Lily Belle Poling

Originally from Montgomery, Alabama, Lily Belle is a sophomore at Yale University studying English and Global Affairs.

In Toledo, she is looking forward to exploring the food scene and the outdoors while also checking out art and live music.

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Elena Unger

Elena Unger

She is a rising senior at Yale University studying English and education. During her college career she has reported for the Yale Daily News and the Yale Herald.

Elena is so excited to get to know The Blade community and the greater city of Toledo over the next 10 weeks.

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It’s a baby boy!

The newsroom’s daytime web editor, Taylor Freyer, and her husband Tyler welcomed a new addition to their family Wednesday, May 29 at 1 p.m.

Trace Douglas

Trace Douglas is 7 pounds, 9 ounces and 19 3/4 long.

Taylor said she and her baby are both doing well, and added: “Waiting to be discharged so he can meet his older brother.”

Meet Alice Momany

Alice Momany

Alice is so excited to return to The Blade as the political reporter. Originally from Toledo, she interned at The Blade last summer and covered everything from city meetings to breaking news.

She recently graduated from Miami University, where she studied journalism and political science. At Miami, she was involved with the student newspaper, The Miami Student, eventually becoming print managing editor. She recently won first place in the Society of Professional Journalists Region 4 Mark of Excellence

competition for her breaking news coverage of a use of force incident involving a Miami student and Oxford police officer. She was also the editor-in-chief of UP Magazine, a fashion and lifestyle publication at Miami.

Before interning at The Blade, she worked at Cox Enterprises with the Journal-News, a Dayton Daily News bureau, covering stories across Butler County.

Alice is also a proud alumna of St. Ursula Academy, where she was involved in musical theater and National Honor Society.

She is so excited to cover important stories in her hometown and learn from the experienced reporters at The Blade.

Andy Wolf named 2nd quarter Eddy winner

Congratulations to Andy Wolf, who has been selected for the Eddy Award for the second quarter of 2024.

Andy Wolf

Andy joined The Blade in 2021, after previously working at both the Findlay Courier and Northwest Signal of Napoleon. He is the very model of a utility player for the newsroom.

When he originally started here, he was a member of the digital team working on the website and Blade NewsSlide. He often split his duties between the web and copy desks until the copy desk needed his assistance full time.

Since then, he has become the Swiss Army knife of the desk. He has served as a rimmer, wire editor, A section page designer, sports slot, and he has even covered and written sports stories for the sports section.

His calm demeanor and willingness to take on whatever job thrown at him have made him an invaluable asset to the desk and The Blade as a whole.

Andy has selected an edible treat to share with the newsroom. We’ll share the details of what and when in the very near future.

Newsroom meetings

We are reintroducing standup newsroom meetings this month, designed to share important news, discuss key topics, and address any questions you may have.

Beginning on May 9, these meetings will be held generally on the second Thursday and fourth Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m.

Please feel free to submit questions or topics beforehand or ask during the meeting.

We know not everyone can attend every meeting, so a twice-a-month format will allow you to attend regularly.

—  Mike Brice

Meet James Trumm

            James Trumm

Jim is a native of Toledo and has also lived in Maine, Boston, China, Tunisia, and Puerto Rico. A graduate of Ottawa Hills High School, Colby College, and Northeastern University School of Law, his earliest published works were book reviews for The Blade and travel articles for The Village Voice of Ottawa Hills.

In 1980, he was one of 10 plaintiffs in a suit brought by the ACLU against the Selective Service System which sought to declare draft registration unconstitutional on grounds of sex discrimination. The case went to the Supreme Court under the name Rostker et als. v. Goldberg.

In 2017, he became the managing editor of ConsumersAdvocate.org, whose parent company eventually acquired Money magazine. He has written and edited numerous articles on consumer finance for those publications as well as for the Miami Herald, the Kansas City Star, the Sacramento Bee, and US News & World Report.

Travel is his passion. He has visited 54 countries, including Iceland, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Laos, Morocco, Bolivia, and all seven nations of Central America. He is on the board of the World Affairs Council of Northwest Ohio. He volunteers in various capacities with the Toledo Metroparks and was recently honored as the outstanding new volunteer of the year.

He currently lives in the Westgate area of Toledo.

Top 10 biggest style mistakes

News Editor Alicia Gruver will be providing regular Style Snapshots for us so we can better adhere to our style. To get things started, we are pointing out what we’re calling the Top 10 biggest style mistakes.

1) We use the Oxford comma. (Ex. red, white, and blue.)
2) We say news conference, not press conference.
3) When we refer to days within the week, we use the day, not the date.
4) Protesters and advisers are spelled with an “e” and not an “o” at the end.
5) There is a comma between months and years (Ex. January, 2022).
6) Use periods when abbreviating legislative bills. (Ex. H.B. 51.)
7) Jr. and Sr. get commas around them. (Ex. Martin Luther King, Jr.,…)
8) We use single quotes in cutlines.
9) Numbers are used with percentages, and we spell out the word “percent.” (Ex. 1 percent.)
10) Health care is two words and is hyphenated if used as a modifier to another word (Ex. health-care workers.)

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