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Cynic editor gets byline (not tagline) in online NY Times

December 12, 2012

Just-departed Vermont Cynic Editor-in-Chief Brent Summers today published his first solo effort on The New York Times website, with his story “Campus Divestment Fight Resonates in the East” appearing at the top of the Times’ environmental themed Green Blog.

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This is the second time in as many weeks that Summers’ work has appeared in some version of the Times. Last week, he received a reporting-credit tagline on the bottom of a story by Times’ environmental writer Justin Gillis. That story appeared both in print and online.

Brent Summers

Brent Summers

“There is no feeling in the world like seeing your name in The New York Times,” Summers said. “I am so thrilled to have gotten this opportunity and could not have done any of this without the experience of being part of the Cynic.

“I am a few days away from the graduating and there is no doubt that joining the Cynic was the best decision I made in college.”

Summers, who will graduate Saturday, last week contributed Vermont-centric writing to Gillis’ story about the divestment movement, which calls for institutions like the University of Vermont to end their investments in funds associated with fossil fuels: coal, oil and gas.

Gillis steered Summers toward a Times editor who helped him prepare today’s story for the Green Blog. Summers said he used many of the notes he’d originally taken for Gillis–along with new reporting–to compose the story.

In the article, Summers explores the nature of the divestment movement, which is particularly strong in the Northeast at schools like UVM, Middlebury College and the University of New Hampshire. Summers writes that the region’s movement serves as a model for activists in other parts of the country.

Summers’ byline isn’t the only time a departing Cynic editor has reached national prominence. In fact, Summers’ predecessor, Natalie DiBlasio, began writing for USA Today about 18 months ago, while still serving as Cynic editor-in-chief. Today, she serves as the breaking-news reporter and as a host of USA NOW, the paper’s online video news service.

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