MADRID—Dear Stork readers,

The past two years have been marked with remarkable challenges for our student community. We have had to overcome the many hardships that come with a global pandemic, be it adjusting to the online classroom or staying physically and mentally healthy. The Stork is proud to reflect on these turbulent past two years and share that our readership has never been better. Since the first anniversary of the pandemic last year, we have more than doubled our monthly readership. Our team itself has grown to over 150 students. We have effectively curated a professional environment for writers, editors, social media coordinators, web designers, and public relations managers. 

It is with great excitement that The Stork shares with the IE community what is to come next. 

Effective Monday, the 14th of February, Stork President & Editor in Chief Wesley Swan will be stepping down from healming the newspaper to make way for Justin Morgan to assume the role. Swan first joined the paper in the summer of 2020 as Assistant Editor in Chief and rose to the position of President & Editor in Chief in May of 2021. Swan would like to thank his predecessors at The Stork for the support they gave him when he first assumed the role. During his time at The Stork, Swan oversaw the creation of a peer review system, an editorial structure that enhanced the learning experience for writers and editors to develop their skills. Swan had the privilege of covering the IE inauguration to meet The King of Spain and interview Madrid President Isabel Ayuso. Swan, along with former President & Editor in Chief Francia Morales, represented The Stork at the Reinventing Higher Education Conference in Rome, Italy in November of 2021. There, Swan and Morales shared with esteemed leaders in higher education the findings of a study The Stork conducted on the student perspective on the future of higher education. 

In reflecting on his time at The Stork, Swan shared this statement: “The Stork has been hands down the most rewarding experience. I had the opportunity to meet so many incredibly talented people who share the same passion for journalism. The Stork is an amazing outlet for so many students and I am thrilled to know I am leaving the paper in the hands of exceptional people.”

Incoming President & Editor in Chief Justin Morgan is now marking his fourth year at The Stork. Morgan is a third year BIR student from Atlanta, USA. Morgan first joined as an Investigative writer in 2019, elevated to Deputy Assistant Editor in Chief in 2020 then Assistant Editor in Chief of Segovia in 2020-2021, and continued the role in Madrid this academic year. Now, Morgan is thrilled to helm the newspaper to continue connecting with the IE community and providing transparent and thorough journalism. A statement from Morgan on this transition: “I’m both honored and enthusiastic about my new role as Editor in Chief. I hope to further solidify The Stork as an institution at IE University and to improve on the well oiled machine my predecessors, colleagues, and I have worked so hard on.”

Our Madrid News Editor Tanya Aggarwal will be replacing Justin Morgan as Assistant Editor in Chief of Madrid as well. Aggarwal is a fourth year BIR student from Delhi, India. Aggarwal shared the statement, “I’m grateful for the opportunity to be the new Assistant Editor in Chief for Madrid. I’m excited and motivated to continue the amazing work The Stork has done so far!”

News Writer for the Madrid staff, Nicholas Kattar, will be assuming the role of Madrid News Editor. Kattar is a third year BIR student from Rome, Italy. In conveying his enthusiasm, Kattar shared this statement: “I’m really looking forward to this new position. The writers can count on me to do my best!”

The Stork would like to thank the IE community, its entire staff, and the IEU administration for their ongoing support. The Stork has become the largest student run organization on campus and relies on the hard work and dedication of those involved in our effort to provide a professional and journalistic environment for the student body. 

Sincerely, 

The Stork Team

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