Newsmakers for June 2018

Staff additions, changes and promotions at Texas newspapers.

ALEXIS CUBIT
Plainview Herald
Alexis Cubit is the new sports editor at the Plainview Herald. 
The 2014 Baylor University graduate comes to Plainview following a three-year stint as sports writer for the Fairmont Sentinel in Fairmont, Minnesota.
Anxious to return a warmer climate, Cubit says she is looking forward to covering different high school football. “In Minnesota, I covered five area high schools; the largest had about 500 kids. Instead of six-man football, those smaller schools play nine-man football. I also covered high school wrestling, basketball, gymnastics, baseball, hockey, cross-country and soccer. While I won’t be covering any hockey games here, I look forward to learning more about power lifting. That’s a sport I haven’t seen before.”
While at Baylor, Cubit was a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Impact Bible study group. She also had internships at KXXV-TV in Waco, ESPN Central Texas, Baylor Bear Foundation and KWBU, the NPR station in Waco.
Following graduation, the California native worked as a general assignments reporter for the Hi-Desert Star in Yucca Valley, California. During her eight-month stint, she researched and wrote a series on individuals who have gone missing in the surrounding desert.

MIKALA COMPTON
Herald-Zeitung
NEW BRAUNFELS – Mikala Compton recently joined the Herald-Zeitung as staff photographer.
A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Compton, 23, was a 2017 graduate of the University of the University of Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia. 
While there, she was a staff photographer and photo editor for the Columbia Missourian, a photography intern at Mizzou Creative and a multimedia producer for Vox Magazine.
After graduation, she was employed by the Jefferson City, Missouri, News Tribune as a staff photographer.
Managing Editor Keith E. Domke said Compton also serves as the newspaper’s digital editor, handling social media as well as maintaining and updating the Herald-Zeitung’s website.
While she grew up in Kansas, Compton said her family often visited relatives in Austin, so she is familiar with the area and happy for the opportunity to move to Texas.
Both Domke and Herald-Zeitung Publisher David Compton (no relation) said they were pleased to have someone with Compton’s qualifications join the staff.