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C-I announces promotion, new hire

Ulmer named assistant editor, Felder is new Localife editor

Posted: July 24, 2012 7:54 p.m.
Updated: July 25, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Camden Media Co., parent company of the Chronicle-Independent, is proud to announce the promotion of staff reporter Michael Ulmer to assistant editor and the hiring of Tenell Felder as Localife editor.

“I am pleased to announce Michael Ulmer’s well-deserved promotion and to also welcome someone of Tenell Felder’s caliber to our talented team of professional journalists,” Michael Mischner, Camden Media Co. publisher, said.

Ulmer began working at the C-I in May 2011 following his graduation from the University of South Carolina (USC) with a bachelor’s degree in political science where he also minored in print journalism. While at USC, he worked for the Daily Gamecock, USC’s student newspaper as a writer for the news and sports sections, and later as the weekly Viewpoints staff writer. Ulmer previously attended the College of Charleston, during which he worked for the George Street Observer as sports editor.

As assistant editor, Ulmer will assist Editor Martin L. Cahn in leading the C-I’s newsroom. He will continue to act as the paper’s county reporter, covering Kershaw County Council and other county-related issues. Ulmer will also become the editor of the West Wateree Chronicle, Camden Media Co.’s free weekly newspaper for residents living in the Elgin and Lugoff areas of the county.

“Michael has only been here for a little more than a year, but he has already shown himself to be a steady, intelligent and committed journalist deserving of this promotion,” Cahn said. “I know I’ll be able to rely on Michael to assist me in maintaining the C-I’s high quality and to lead the newsroom in my absence.”

Felder recently earned a master’s degree in communications focusing on magazine, newspaper and online journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, one of the premiere journalism programs in the country. While there, she handled page design for GreenMom magazine, a Newhouse magazine management project being published online. Felder also produced and edited videos for a Newhouse multimedia iPad application, and produced and edited video published on The Stand website.

Prior to attending Syracuse, Felder graduated cum laude from Furman University where she earned bachelor’s degrees in communications and political science. At Furman, she worked at The Paladin, the university’s student newspaper. First assigned as the Diversions editor, Felder became The Paladin’s editor-in-chief during her senior year. She also interned at the College Prowler and the Greenville Journal. Felder is a 2007 Al Neuharth Freedom Forum Scholar award winner, has earned S.C. Press Association (SCPA) collegiate journalism awards, and has been a member of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha national political science honor society, and Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society.

In additional to becoming the C-I’s Localife editor, Felder will be responsible for the C-I’s overall design, laying out the front page as well as inside news pages. She will also handle church news for the C-I, and assist with production of The Camden Horse, Camden Media Co.’s quarterly horse magazine.

“I am very excited to bring someone on board with Tenell’s education and eye for design,” Cahn said. “I’m confident she’ll bring a fresh look to Localife and the entire C-I while maintaining our award-winning high quality the public has come to expect.”

In addition to the C-I, West Wateree Chronicle and The Camden Horse, Camden Media Co. publishes the Lee County (Bishopville) Observer, The (Blythewood) Country Chronicle, The Fort Jackson Leader, The Shaw News, Lake Wateree News and The Connection.

Camden Media Co. also owns and operates Kershaw County’s two local news websites, www.chronicle-independent.com and www.westwatereechronicle.com.

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