Happy Holidays from our Emerald editors (l to r): Emerald EIC Michael Tobin; Special Sections EIC Skyla Patton; and Ethos EIC Renata Geraldo.
Welcome Sam Rudkin!
Creative and Technical Director Sam Rudkin
Sam Rudkin joined the Emerald Media Group at the end of fall term as our creative and technical director. Following is his background:
My name is Samuel Rudkin. I come from the midwestern state of Missouri where hard work, hustle and self sufficiency are instilled in everyday life. I have, since I was young, loved being a creative person and a hands-on maker. Aesthetics have always been a passion of mine and improving and appreciating upon the beauty in the world around me is constant.
I moved to Eugene in 2013 and attended Lane Community College where I earned my AAS in graphic design. During 2018, my last year there, I was Editor-in-Chief of The Bleed magazine, which received national recognition by winning the student journalism and design Pacemaker award. After school I put my design skills to work for Richardson Sports as a graphic designer in the art department designing art for hats and various headwear. I’m very excited to be working in a leadership position as Creative and Technical Director at the Emerald Media Group and share my knowledge and experience with university students in my field.
I am a very active and athletic person who plays sports and hikes frequently with my two-year-old miniature Aussie shepherd. I love to experience new things all the time, from outdoor places to different cuisines around town. I’m pretty outgoing and consider myself to be very fun and personable. Never shying away from giving an honest opinion, I’m always adding an artist's touch to all aspects of life.
Welcome Jeff Ackerman!
Newsroom Consultant Jeff Ackerman
Jeff Ackerman joined our team this fall to fill the role of newsroom advisor. Over his 40-year newspaper career, Ackerman served as editor and publisher of several small community newspapers in California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. He also served on the board of directors for the Nevada Press Association, California Newspaper Publishers Association and Oregon Press Association. He spent 32 years with Swift Communications, a family owned company headquartered in Nevada. He retired in June, 2019 after overseeing the purchase of The World newspaper in Wenatchee, WA. He now lives in Eugene.