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Two new journalists take up the mantle at the Journal

DREAM TEAM — Staff reporter Max Borsuk (left) and editor Colleen Mahoney are ready to take the reins at the Springville Journal. Photo by Lizz Schumer.
SPRINGVILLE — Two new faces have picked up pens at the Springville Journal: Staff reporter Max Borsuk and editor Colleen Mahoney. Both started the week of April 7 and will work with current editor, Lizz Schumer, until her departure at the end of April.

New editor Colleen Mahoney joins the Springville Journal from the Genesee Country Express in Dansville, where she worked as a staff reporter.

Mahoney earned her bachelors degree in communications and technology from the State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill in 2012. She moved to Western New York in 2013 from Staten Island and currently resides in East Otto.

Prior to the Express, Mahoney interned at the Staten Island Advance, where she covered sports and features, and was editor of her school newspaper, the Coby Cub Reporter.

Mahoney graduated in the first four-year class of communications at SUNY Cobleskill and was able to revitalize the Coby Cub, as a reporter and editor.

“I’m a big features fan,” she said, of her favorite newspaper topic. “A lot of people don’t think what they’re doing is important, that it means something, and not just to them.”

A runner, Mahoney enjoys distance races and has participated in several half marathons. She also describes herself as “a big sports fan,” especially the New York Rangers in hockey and the New York Yankees baseball team. She also recently started baking.

“I want to keep the Journal where it is, as a good community newspaper,” Mahoney said. “I want it to remain the hometown paper.”

Mahoney can be reached by calling 592-4550 ext. 24.

Max Borsuk comes to the Springville office from Wales Center, N.Y. He went to Iroquois High School in Elma, N.Y., where “I got my first taste of journalism and knew it was what I wanted to do as a career,” Borsuk explained.

“I graduated from Buffalo State College with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and also a minor in sociology. During my time at Buffalo State, I wrote for Bengal News Online, a news blog that covered the Buffalo West Side.”

After interning at the East Aurora Advertiser and the Elma Review, Borsuk began working as a freelance reporter for that paper.

“My specialty has always been sports reporting, as I also graduated with a concentration in sports journalism,” Borsuk said. “But I have covered everything from education to politics to more lighthearted feature stories.”

A Jack of all trades, Borsuk has also worked in photography, video and audio.

“In my free time, I love to play sports of all kinds. My favorites would be playing golf and volleyball in the warmer months, while snowboarding in the winter months.”

Borsuk can be reached by calling 592-4550 ext. 20.


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2014-04-12 | 21:02:25
Edited comment
New editor Our family and this community are thrilled to welcome the new editor and reporter to Springville, and do so hope they pay much more attention to both the large and small details that might make this a respectable publication again. (For instance, we hope that they will correct things like the grammar mistakes in this headline and photo caption and the terrible photo editing in the header that suggests SGI sent John Lennon to the All-County Festival; all part of a pattern of poor editing that has occurred at The Journal in the last two years.) We are especially thrilled that the new editor lives locally and has an interest in features that might cover something other than sports. We are hoping for marked improvement in The Journal and wish you the best of luck.