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Meet the editor: Renee Ziel, night editor

Renee Ziel is the night editor at The Collegian this year. She has been at the paper for two years, first writing opinion and later moving to her true journalistic passion, copy editing.

As the head of the copy desk, Ziel aims to work with The Collegian’s talented team in a friendly, hardworking environment to create the cleanest and most factual paper in Northern Colorado. While doing that, the copy desk satisfies the long-running joke she has about editors just wanting to demonstrate that they know things.


When not cursing the Associated Press for the lack of Oxford commas, Ziel can be found immersing herself in writing fiction novels and poetry. She is double majoring in journalism and political science, concentrating in global policy, and therefore also has a desire to solve humanitarian issues across the globe.

“Ziel aims to work with The Collegian’s talented team … to create the cleanest and most factual paper in Northern Colorado.”

Despite being driven to change the world, Ziel understands that true change starts locally. The Collegian’s focus on Fort Collins and Colorado State University is a heartwarming one, and The Collegian’s own camp is one that has become a home away from home.

Ziel is only one cog — albeit a big one — in an unwavering machine that wants to provide entertainment and unbiased news to our valuable college community.

Renee Ziel can be reached at or on Twitter @reneezwrites.

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Renee Ziel
Renee Ziel, Night Editor
Renee Ziel is the night editor for The Collegian this fall. With one year of the position under her belt, she is prepared to tackle her last semester at Colorado State University and to place the copy desk in the capable hands of friend and partner-in-production Copy Chief Rachel Baschnagel. Ziel is studying journalism and currently writes for the arts and culture desk, specializing in features and community-based reviews. She has been on the copy desk for over two years and also has experience writing for opinion. Ziel writes novels and poetry in her free time, as her greatest passion is storytelling. If she cannot lovingly craft words to deliver others into the arms of escapism, she turns to being the irreplaceable editing force behind the success of any piece. Being an editor is a tough job with a lot of fact-checking, AP Style memorizations and knowing countless micro English rules, and taking on copy management comes with long nights and little praise (beyond The Collegian’s caring and supportive editorial team). However, being on such a driven, hardworking copy desk is one of Ziel’s greatest achievements thus far — it is, after all, a second home. With that, Ziel aims to finish her college career strong, working with who she believes to be some of the best journalists to grace her lifetime. Renee Ziel can be reached at or on Twitter @reneeziel.

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