One editor leaves, another comes in

Staff report

FRANKLIN, Indiana – A change is coming to, the award-winning news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

Executive Editor Rachel Hoffmeyer will leave to take a position as Digital Communications Director for Gov. Eric Holcomb. Veteran and award-winning editor and reporter Janet Williams will become’s next executive editor.

Hoffmeyer’s two-year tenure as executive editor was marked by several advances for the student-driven news website, the only one of its kind in the country. She guided’s coverage of the 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions and helped expand the website’s partnerships to more than 30 Indiana news organizations.

“We at Franklin College are both grateful for and proud of the tremendous service Rachel has offered our students and,” said John Krull, director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism and publisher of

“Rachel is both a first-rate journalist and a superb mentor for our students, who treasure her wise counsel and warm support. She has changed lives during her time at the college. She is and always will remain a part of the Franklin College family.”

Hoffmeyer will begin working in the governor’s office Nov. 1.

“ shows youth is no barrier to award-winning journalism. I have treasured my time working with our students. I know they will be in good hands with Janet,” said Hoffmeyer.

Williams has served as an editor and columnist for for the past year. She also has been editor of the investigative team for The Indianapolis Star, where she also covered the courts and state government. Prior to that, she was a reporter for The Pittsburgh Press and North Hills News Record.

She also has served as a director of corporate communications for Cummins Inc.

“Janet Williams has few peers as a journalist,” said Krull. “It’s not just her incredible talent that makes her special. It’s her fire to find and tell the story that separates her from the pack. She’s able to communicate that passion to student journalists, which is why she is exactly the right person to lead at this point.”

Williams already has begun assuming many of the executive editor’s duties.

“I am excited to work with Franklin College and the wonderful students at,” Williams said. “This program provides young journalists with an experience they cannot get anywhere else – the opportunity to cover statewide issues from the Statehouse for news outlets across Indiana. I hope to build on the work of those before me who have developed a strong program that combines rigorous learning with good journalism.” is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. It provides content for newspapers, television newscasts, radio stations and digital news operations in every part of Indiana. The revenue generated by provides financial support for the students who work on it is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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