Hello, my name is

Joshua Lynch

and this is what I do...

Editorial Leadership at The Spectator

Editing & Editorial Management

What has shaped me most is my experience as editor-in-chief of Seattle University’s student newspaper, The Spectator. In that role I managed a staff of more than 30 (business and editorial) and produced a weekly paper with a daily-updated online presence. I’m known for drastically reshaping and improving The Spectator online, in print and internally.

When I began as an online editor, the newspaper had a website located on a subdomain of seattleu.edu. It was rarely visited, and poorly maintained because it was nearly impossible to update. I instigated and project managed the newspaper’s move to a new website independent of the school’s infrastructure and control. The site gained traction, and a year later when I was editor-in-chief, we were ready for version two, a modern and flexible layout site I conceptualized and managed. Along the way, I rolled out new features and design adjustments. Combined with a blog that myself and our online editor started, the new web presence was known to hit 80,000 pageviews a month.

Among my other major accomplishments for The Spectator online were:

The fun didn’t stop online. In print and in the office, I was also able to:

  • Increase print circulation and readership by up to 1,500 more copies per issue.
  • Establish popular print features and a much more reader-friendly design while expanding pages in each issue by 25 percent.
  • Nearly double the staff to more than 30 with many more contributors.
  • Double entry-level salaries and hold a week-long staff training before school started.
  • Invest heavily in hardware and software, with a focus on streamlining processes and cutting down on factual errors and typos.
  • Create a collaborative and supportive culture, with performance raises for outstanding leaders.
  • Sponsor important student-led university events financially.
  • Increase profit by establishing relationships with local businesses and leveraging the web presence with online advertising for the first time in the publication’s history.