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Learn how a team of student journalists produces one of the country’s longest running and most respected student publications, The Lantern, at Ohio State.

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Making of The Lantern

Go behind the scenes as the Lantern staff works against a looming deadline.

The front page of <i>The Lantern</i>

Lantern front pages through the decades

See how Lantern editors have handled news big and small over the years.

A detail of a photograph of the <i>Lantern</i> staff of 1892

Meet the staff of ’92

The staff of 1892 was remarkably diverse and ambitious.

A black and white photo of Debra Baker, a former Lantern editor

The month the Lantern published under protest

Debra Baker ’91 tells the story of what it was like to lead the Lantern staff through a nearly month-long protest.

A photo illustration depicting portraits of five alumni who worked on The Lantern

Lantern alumni look back

Alumni who worked on the Lantern recall what they learned in student media and how they continue to lean on those lessons and experiences.

Our contributors

Who better to write stories about the students and alumni behind the Lantern than, well, alumni of the Lantern?

Tom Knox ’10 was managing editor of the Lantern. He worked at Columbus Business First and the Daytona Beach News-Journal. He is senior communications specialist at NiSource in Columbus and wrote an online exclusive.

Jasmine Hilton is a third-year undergraduate and John R. Oller special projects editor at the Lantern. She is an intern in University Marketing. She will be an intern at The Washington Post this summer.

Shelley Mann ’03 was editor of the Lantern and went on to work as a reporter and editor at Columbus Alive and Columbus Crave. She is a freelance writer and editor and owner of Umami Consulting.

Shanti Lerner ’19 was a reporter for the Lantern. She was an intern for Big Ten Network and completed a video production internship in University Marketing.

Kristen Foley ’96 is senior vice president at Griffin Communications in Columbus and former campus editor of the Lantern.

Kaylee Harter, a fourth-year undergraduate student, is editor-in-chief of the Lantern and a former intern in University Marketing.

Kaylin Hynes ’19 was copy desk chief, podcast producer and reporter at the Lantern. She is associate editor at

Ben Finley ’02 was a reporter for the Lantern and is now a Norfolk, Virginia-based correspondent for the Associated Press.