Two weeks into Troy Okum’s journey at Shippensburg University, he began writing as a news columnist for The Slate. After a three-year journey of writing, editing and reporting, Okum currently serves as the editor-in-chief for The Slate.
A senior communication/journalism and sociology dual major with an anthropology minor, Okum enjoys writing stories that focus on the human perspective.
“I enjoy learning about social issues and how to research and report on them,” Okum said. “Understanding problems such as racism, sexism, poverty and more, are crucial for people to come up with solutions.”
By the end of his freshman year, Okum became the assistant news editor. When junior year arrived, Okum moved up the ranks to news editor and focused on covering APSCUF and PASSHE contract negotiations.
In Fall of 2016, Okum had the thrill of being news editor during the faculty strike.
“One of the highlights of my time at The Slate was covering the faculty strike,” Okum said. “I enjoyed the hands-on experience and informing the SU community about the latest news from the negotiating table.”
After seeing The Slate’s potential during the strike, Okum decided to apply to become editor-in-chief to help The Slate grow
As editor-in-chief, Okum aims to include as much relevant news and entertainment for students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members as possible in the highest quality.
“I love being able to work with outstanding and devoted editors to create a unique, student-centered newspaper,” Okum said.
When Okum is not writing for The Slate, one can find him brewing his own beer, kayak fishing, camping, reading or cooking.
Okum’s goal is to a be reporter and researcher to play a part in investigating and solving social issues. He plans to pursue a career in journalism as a foreign and political correspondent.