120th Anniversary Edition: The Foghorn in the 2000s

Photo courtesy of Benice Atufunwa. 

Benice Atufunwa served as editor-in-chief from 2005-2007, and opinion editor for her first two years in the Foghorn.

Under Atufunwa’s leadership, the Foghorn was committed to uncovering the truth in her favorite story she worked on at the Foghorn —  reporting on student theft in the cafeteria. “We kind of got in trouble from the administrators because they said we were encouraging stealing, which was not true,” Atufunwa said. “But on the other hand, a lot of students are like, ‘Oh my gosh, I didn’t know that was such a problem,’ and found the story to be very informative.”

In 2005, Atufunwa became the first Black editor-in-chief in Foghorn history, but she doesn’t view that as something to brag about. “I don’t like those, you know, first this or first that because it’s not like, there was never ever I don’t know, a Black woman who was capable of being the editor-in-chief until I got there,” she said. “I actually didn’t know that until well after the fact… I was like, ‘There’s no way that’s true.’”

Atufunwa noted the internet as the biggest change in the Foghorn since her time as editor-in-chief. “We just didn’t even think about social media at all. Not because it wasn’t there. But it’s just like Facebook, MySpace, those are all things you used to flirt with people, you didn’t have entities using it like you do now,” she said. 

Post-grad, Atufunwa went on to New York University for a graduate degree in magazine publishing. Today, she works at Squarespace as a content designer. Despite working in the tech industry, she keeps writing. “I’ve written for Essence… Good Housekeeping,” she said. “Now I just like to write stuff for myself.”

Atufunwa reflected on how being in the Foghorn set her up for success in her future endeavors. “I was able to use the time I spent in the Foghorn and the articles that I’d written to get into grad schools and get internships,” she said. “It taught me a level of responsibility that I knew it was in me, but I didn’t have up until that point. It just taught me you have a duty to something that’s bigger than you,” she said.

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