Sam Doughton will become the third editor-in-chief of Argyle Report, Argyle Creative Media president Turner Walston announced on Friday.
Doughton will be responsible for editorial tone, staff management, assigning and editing stories and university relations. A rising senior majoring in reporting and political science at Carolina, Doughton served as both an assistant editor and as the senior associate editor for Argyle Report during the site’s first year. A former North Carolina High School Journalist of the Year, Doughton spent the first two years of his collegiate career as a staff writer on the sports desk at The Daily Tar Heel.
“Even before its launch, I knew Argyle Report would be something special,” Doughton said. “It’s a place for Tar Heel fans to come together to read great journalism on UNC athletics both big and small. But it’s also a place for students like me to grow as writers, photographers, and creators, while sharing our passion for these teams and this school with the community. I couldn’t be more excited to get a chance to lead this staff and continue Argyle Report's mission.”
Doughton succeeds C Jackson Cowart in Argyle Report’s top editorial role. Cowart left Argyle Report upon his graduation from UNC in May, taking a job as a sports reporter with the Times Herald-Record in Hudson Valley, N.Y.
"I truly can't think of anybody better to pass the torch to than Sam," Cowart said. "In the three years I've known him, Sam has become an expert and asset in every single area he's applied himself. He's as passionate and knowledgeable about UNC athletics as anyone I've known, and I can't wait to see how Argyle Report grows in his image."
Walston launched Argyle Report in August 2017 after nearly ten years as a featured columnist on GoHeels.com. “I’m thrilled that Sam is taking the reins at Argyle Report. He was instrumental in establishing our reputation in the site’s first year, and I can’t wait to see what he can do at the helm,” Walston said.
With this announcement, Argyle Report continues to implement its plan of succession created in the winter of 2018 with the site becoming primarily student-run with student-driven content.
“Argyle Report is not about me,” Walston continue. “It initially began as a platform for my own work, but the site quickly grew into something much more, a place for students to gain writing and photography experience and to tell the stories of Carolina athletics. I’m so happy to see so it continue to develop a unique voice in the conversation around Carolina.”
Header photo courtesy Kimberly Rivers