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Introducing Our New Online Editor: Lea Bekele

We’re excited to announce that today we welcomed our newest member to the team: Lea Bekele, who will serve as our new online editor.

Bekele, a 2017 Appalachian State University grad, will use her experience with social media, public relations and content creation to build the presence of Queen City Nerve’s website, newsletter and social media accounts. She will also work on copy-editing for Nerve’s print and online stories, while helping with design aspects of the website.

“I’m thrilled to work with and learn from Justin, Ryan, and Jayme,” Bekele sent me in a statement from 6 feet across the table on her first day. “It means so much to work with a team at the forefront of revolutionizing Charlotte’s growing media landscape.”

Beyond the above-mentioned duties, Bekele will also do some reporting on issues that are important to her, such as race, affordable housing, arts and culture.

“As we continue to bridge print alternative newsmedia into the next generation through adaptation and digital strategy, we couldn’t be more happy to bring on someone young, vibrant, involved and passionate in the work that we do,” said Q.C. Nerve publisher Justin LaFrancois. “We strive for correct representation of communities and to embody different perspectives in our business, and through all platforms.”

As for me (editor-in-chief Ryan Pitkin here), I look forward to not only working with Lea to build on her reporting skills, but to learn from her in areas that I’m not comfortable with yet seem to take up all of my damn time — like search-engine optimization. She’ll be a valuable asset for us as we look to shed our start-up skin and move to the next level as a publication and business.

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