Cy Wainscott, former advisor, dies in Gambier

October 1, 2009

Cy Wainscott, former Collegian advisor and a managing editor for the Plain Dealer of Cleveland, died Sunday. Obituaries can be found at the following links:

I knew Cy somewhat, but not extensively. When we were briefly without an advisor in 2003, he agreed to help out. And I knew him at Harcourt Parish. Every time we talked, he was laid-back, friendly, just seemed like an all-around good guy.

– Robbie

p.s. We do hope to become more active in the future. My many apologies for the silence!


JOB OPENINGS: Fort Wayne, Ind.

July 22, 2008

The Journal Gazette, the morning daily in Fort Wayne, Ind., and the current workplace of CAA member Robbie Ketcham ’04, has two openings currently posted, for a business reporter and designer/graphic artist.

Details about the business reporter opening can be found here.

Details about the designer opening can be found here. (This opening is actually for Robbie’s current position, as he’s changing professions and cities in August.)

Apologies for a rather late post, as these have been up for a while. Applications should ideally be submitted before too long.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Robbie at ketchamr(at)gmail(dot)com. In a nutshell, he says the Journal Gazette is an extremely strong paper for a mid-size market. Locally owned, it’s avoided the layoffs that seem so common today, and it maintains a good focus on hard news, including having reporters in both Indianapolis and Washington D.C. His leaving, for what it’s worth, has nothing to do with the paper itself!

Have a job or internship opening you’d like to share? Send word of the opening, any details you’d like to add and your contact information if you’d like to be reached by alumni seeking jobs, to!

CJR on Matt Winkler ’77

June 11, 2008

I’m late posting this, so Romenesko readers have likely already seen it, but the Columbia Journalism Review published an interesting interview with Matthew Winkler ’77, editor of Bloomberg News and one of the Collegian‘s most well-known alumni editors-in-chief.

The story can be found here.

No comments on the story from me, but I know some of our members have held internships at Bloomberg and so would be interested in any thoughts y’all might have.

– Robbie

Welcome to our new online home!

June 4, 2008

To better meet our growing needs, the Collegian Alumni Association has a new Web site:

Effective today, all new material will be posted to this site. If you are already on our e-mail list, you shouldn’t have to do anything — in fact, if you are getting this post by e-mail, you should receive all future posts, as well. You can also sign up for e-mail updates on our new site, just like on our old site. Please update any bookmarks, however, for

The new site offers several new features, including:

* Easily navigable pages and archives by topic

* Online job and internship banks (everyone is invited to e-mail us with openings to be posted)

* Easy access to downloads of newsletters and other material

* Permanent information about the Association and its projects

If anyone has any suggestions for the site, please let us know at

Again, the CAA’s new Web page is:

May 2008 conference call minutes

May 28, 2008

Collegian Alumni Association
May 4, 2008, conference call

On the call: Todd Holzman, Robbie Ketcham, Steve Lannen, Tracy Miller, Renee Peck

The CAA charter requires that the first order of business for a new Board be the election of a chair, to be the main Association contact person. After discussion, the Board unanimously selected Todd Holzman to serve as chair.

The CAA charter requires that the second order of business for a new Board be the appointment of a Finance Committee, to both assist and audit the treasurer’s budget management. After discussion, the Board appointed Todd and Adam Sapp to the committee. Both have since accepted the appointments. Robbie Ketcham, as treasurer, will chair the committee.

Without a Finance Committee, this budget report was non-binding. But as of April, the Association had a bank balance of $411.78, as well as a $70 pledge not yet received. Of this, $150 and the $70 pledge had been given in order to support a new scanner for the Kenyon library that would help digitize the Collegian archives.

The Board discussed whether to continue the scanner campaign, since the unexpected birth of the Kluge Collegian Fund has since become a top fundraising priority. All members present felt that the scanner was a good idea, however, and wanted to continue the campaign. Robbie will contact Library and Information Services to see if the scanner was still a goal and to find out more about the scanner’s cost. Pending positive feedback from this, the Board directed Robbie to send Kenyon a check for $150 toward the scanner.

Most of the call was spent discussing the Board’s goals for the future, resulting in the following:

Short-term tasks
— Broaden membership with a universal invitation/announcement to all alumni (via Kenyon Alumni Bulletin, News Digest, online, possible mailing). Two ideas were particularly stressed: It should be clear that anyone who was with the Collegian is welcome in the CAA, not just former editors; also, those now interested in supporting the Collegian or those now in communications should be invited to participate in the group, regardless of whether they were part of the paper as students. Renee Peck is working on an announcement.– Update the database of membership, creating one that the Association can maintain

— Set up a new Web site, at or at ( is in the works)

— Look into a e-mail address

— Create a CAA group on Facebook. Tracy created this, found at

More long-term tasks:
— Spread word about Kluge Fund and scanner campaigns
— Fall meeting/workshop in Gambier
— Mass mailing
— Newsletter
— Fundraising for Collegian and student needs

Ongoing missions:
— Alumni job bank and career mentoring program
— Sponsored internships and workshops, via Kluge Fund or own fundraising
— Support for Collegian staff

Job listings

May 14, 2008

This post establishes new Collegian Alumni Association job and internship banks, for any job openings that anyone would like to pass along.

If anyone would like to post any jobs or internships in journalism or related fields, send them to collegian.alumni.association (at) and we’ll put up a post. The posting will appear on the main blog site, be sent out through our e-mail directory and will be archived in the “Jobs” or “Internships” links at right.

Welcome to the Kenyon Collegian Alumni Association!

December 21, 2007

Welcome to the second online home of the Kenyon Collegian Alumni Association.

We are dedicated to fostering fellowship among alumni of The Kenyon Collegian, the student newspaper of Kenyon College and community weekly for Gambier, Ohio; connecting with current student journalists and supporting the newspaper as an open forum of impartial journalism and independent opinion.

This is not our chief Web site. If you are looking for our main Web site, please go to You can find downloads on this site, at