On the Record


On the Record is a student run newsmagazine centered around filling the void of youth voice in the media. We currently distribute citywide in Louisville and southern Indiana. Print copies of our publication can be found around the Louisville area, in notable locations such as: most Heine Brothers, Half-Price Books on Westport Rd. and Hurstbourne Pkwy., Press on Market, and Please & Thank You. Digital copies of our magazine are posted to issuu.com/ontherecordmagazine as they are released. 

We are a professional-level newsmagazine devoted to amplifying youth voices in Louisville. We report on local issues, localize national issues, and make the news interesting and accessible for our audience through original and diverse storytelling. By increasing publication frequency and exploring new and different forms of reporting, we will cover more of the topics that matter to our readers. We promise to uphold journalistic standards, telling the unbiased and inclusive stories that make the most impact.

On the Record is also an award-winning newsmagazine, having won both a National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) Pacemaker and a Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) Gold Crown in the past year. On the Record has also been awarded by institutions such as the Western Kentucky University (WKU) Mark of Excellence and Kentucky High School Journalism Association (KHSJA) for photography, writing, and design achieved by individual members of the publication.

Meet the On the Record team:

  • Editorial Board
    • Audrey Champelli is the Editor-in-Chief of On the Record, overseeing the staff operations. She has a passion for telling people’s stories, and hopes to continue this passion throughout her life. You can find her going on nighttime drives, hanging out in coffee shops, and just goofing around with her friends.
    • Mattie Townson is the Associate Editor for On the Record. She hopes to pursue a career in fashion media, but for On the Record she enjoys writing and editing stories about pressing issues in the community. She spends her free time watching rom-coms, online shopping, and working at the local boutique, Betty Jeffries.
    • Jediah Holman is a senior and the Social Media Editor for On the Record, expanding the presence of OTR through social media. She is passionate about informing the world of social and cultural issues. Her favorite pasttimes are dancing, reading, writing, and photographing.
    • Maggie Mitchell is the News Editor of On the Record, coordinating website content with current events. She’s fascinated by government, economics, and societal issues and is especially excited to continue learning in college. She loves to make friendship bracelets, listen to podcasts, and explore the city.
    • Lucy Calderon is the Managing Editor for On the Record. Her strengths are in feature writing, and enjoys writing about social issues and how people can get involved. In her free time she is a Starbucks barista, eating, or listening to music. Lucy wants to use her writing to change the world, and inspire the staff to do the same.
    • Olivia Brotzge is the Design Editor for On The Record. She loves experimenting with portrait photography, especially in her DIY bedroom studio. She hopes to major in photojournalism and minor in graphic design in college and work at a publication in New York City as an adult. She has won WKU’s “MVP” award at the 2017 Journalism Xposure workshop. When not working with On The Record, she spends her time working with the staff of One Blue Wall as their Editor-in-Chief.
    • Sky Carroll is the Copy Editor for On the Record, overseeing the writers and their story development. She has a passion for storytelling as well as advocacy and enjoys all things law and justice. When she isn’t writing, you can find her curled up with a good book, hanging out with friends, and daydremaing about city living. She hopes to pursue a career in press law and ethics in the future.
  • Assignment Editors
    • Ali Shackelford is a senior and an assignment editor for On the Record who enjoys all types of news writing. In the future she hopes to pursue a career in the forensic anthropology field but for now she enjoys meeting and spending time with the living.
    • Ella Treinen is an Assignment Editor and Writer for On the Record. She loves doing interviews and uncovering the stories of absolute strangers and hopes to pursue story-telling for as long as she possibly can. When she isn’t writing, Ella is strumming her guitar until her fingers are calloused, writing and reading poetry, and getting after it on the lacrosse field.
    • Ysa Leon is a junior on On the Record as an Assignment Editor, writer, and photographer. She has a passion for social issues and sports writing, and enjoys taking photos with a human focus. When she’s not playing lacrosse, you can find her cooking mediterranean-inspired dishes, raving about Netflix documentaries, or jamming out to Daniel Caeser. In the future she plans to pursue a career in journalism or law and live in Chicago.
    • Evan Showalter is a junior who is an assignment editor and writer for On the Record. He hopes to write impactful stories. He enjoys basketball, writing, and having fun with friends
  • Advertising Team
    • Maya Malawi is an Advertising Manager for On the Record. She hopes to eventually pursue a career in Marketing and Public Relations. She enjoys working out and watching Netflix in her free time, as well as spending time with her friends and drinking Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.
    • Maggie Stinnett is an Advertising Manager for On the Record. Her interests are found in Advertising and Marketing, where she plans to pursue a professional career. In her free time, she is a field hockey coach at Mockingbird Soccer Complex, and enjoys spending time with her friends.
    • Alana Fields is a sophomore on the Ad team for On the Record. She hopes to pursue a career in Public Relations. Her interests include playing field hockey, running track, and hanging out with friends. Alana is proud to increase On the Record’s presence in Louisville and other cities.
  • Specialists
    • Jess Mays is a junior and the Design Specialist for On the Record. He enjoys designing infographics and straying away from basic design. He hopes to improve his skills in online/web design this year. He enjoys hanging out with his friends and has plans of pursuing a career in graphic design.
    • Noah Keckler is a junior and the Multimedia Specialist for On The Record. He hopes to increase the web and social media content produced by On The Record and grow our online audience. When he’s not making videos, he can be found hanging out with friends or playing ice hockey.
    • Mia Breitenstein is the Photo Specialist for On the Record. She’s been behind a camera for as long as she remembers and enjoys all kinds of photography, especially portraiture. She can typically be found out on a run or snuggling up with her beagle.
    • Noah Grebe is a sophomore videographer/multimedia specialist for On The Record. He hopes to create good and meaningful content for the Louisville community. He also enjoys documenting good moments in his life through videos. He also enjoys traveling, hanging out with friends, and Qdoba.
    • Marshall Gault, a sophomore, is a photographer/multimedia specialist for On the Record. He enjoys swimming, watching The Office, taking photos, listening to music, and traveling. He joined On the Record to help create powerful and creative stories that inform the Louisville community.
    • Claire Williams is a sophomore design specialist. She enjoys using the word epic, making collages, and working with creative design. When she isn’t at On the Record, you can find her at punk shows and making live videos on Instagram @peopleprsn.
  • Staffers
    • Gefen Yussman is a sophomore and designer for On the Record. She enjoys designing abstract art and logos. You will usually find her in her room watching creepy shows on Netflix, eating sunflower seeds, or at her favorite restaurant, Noodles and Company.
    • Annie Whaley is a sophomore writer for On the Record and a professional “The Office” watcher. She hopes to uncover interesting and untold stories from the Louisville youth. In her free time she scoops ice cream for Comfy Cow and watches Buzzfeed Unsolved.
    • Amal Hassan is a senior designer for On the Record. She enjoys creating work that will help provide a voice to those who are not as represented. In her free time, Amal spends her time drawing characters, reading web comics, watching random YouTube videos, and taking care of her four younger siblings.
    • Lainey Holland is a sophomore photographer for On the Record. She loves telling stories through her photos. In her free time, you can find her drinking kombucha, editing pictures, and hanging out with her friends and family.
    • Lillian Metzmeier is a sophomore writer for On the Record. She likes to bring light to issues that are not talked about enough, or that the youth of Louisville may not even know about. In her free time, she’s most likely to be seen with her dog, or at Target (drinking some overpriced coffee).
    • Alauryn Moore is a sophomore for On the Record. She likes to write because she wants to give people in the community, who feel like they dont have a voice a chance to say how they feel and be heard. She also enjoys eating Idahoan Garlic Roasted Instant Mashed Potatoes.
    • Maddie Currie is a junior writer and designer for On the Record. She loves writing about social issues and making cute cartoons for her stories. When she isn’t at school or slicing bread at Lotsa Pasta, you can find her jamming out in her car to Punch Brothers or sipping an iced latte.
    • Maggie Gediman is a designer for On The Record. She loves taking inspiration from vintage fashion and design to create contemporary finished products. When she’s not swamped with homework, she likes to play guitar and watch VICE documentaries on youtube.
    • Sylvia Cassidy is a sophomore writer for On the Record. She ecstatic to share the stories she is writing with the world. Sylvia loves the news, the arts, and dreams of New York City.
    • Katie Cummins is a sophomore writer for On the Record. She is very exicited to inform the youth of Louisville by telling others’ stories. She spends her time playing field hockey and lacrosse for her school, hanging out with her dog, and advocating for the use of the Oxford comma.
    • Claire Rooney is a sophomore writer for On the Record. You can find her writing a feature story but she’s excited to explore the other types of journalistic writing. She loves watching Vox videos while cuddling with her cats, with a ukele in her hand. She is passionate about topics ranging from women’s rights to Bob Ross.
    • Patrick Harper is a designer for On the Record, often found designing bold spreads with a variety of colors and personalities. You can find him jamming to classic tunes in his 2000 off-white Volvo, exploring the world, with a Blaze pizza in his passenger seat.
    • Faith Lindsey is a sophomore photographer and writer for On the Record. She aims for her work to inspire immediate action and insight to untold stories. You can find her fighting for social justice, listening to insane amounts of music, and trying to bring joy to the lives of others.
    • Anabel Magers is a sophomore who is a writer for On the Record. She likes writing about social justice issues and hopes to paint a picture with her words. In her free time she likes to practice gymnastics and spend time with her friends.
    • Evelyn Walford is a graphic designer for On the Record for the second year in a row. She loves using current design trends and her own creativity to create unique, visually pleasing and impactful designs that reflect the writing her peers work so hard on.
    • McKenna Conway is a senior photographer on On the Record. She enjoys the human element of photography and wants to pursue a career in photojournalism after college. In her free time, you can find her working at Paul’s Fruit Market.
A newsmagazine by and for the youth of Louisville