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Two new editors at the Recorder



Staff Report
Published: 5/24/2019 11:40:43 PM
Modified: 5/24/2019 11:40:28 PM

The Greenfield Recorder has made changes in the editorial staff’s leaders.

Shelby Ashline, the paper’s former features editor, is now news editor. Andy Castillo, who was most recently a features writer for the Daily Hampshire Gazette, has returned to the Recorder as its features editor and digital director.

Both are University of Massachusetts Amherst graduates and Massachusetts Daily Collegian alumni with close ties to the area.

Editor Joan Livingston said it is fortunate the Recorder was able to fill the two positions internally. The Gazette is a sister paper of the Recorder.

“I am pleased whenever we can recognize talent within our ranks and reward their dedication through promotion,” Livingston said. “Shelby and Andy are hard-working journalists who will bring fresh perspectives to the Recorder’s print and digital coverage.”


Ashline came to the Greenfield Recorder in May 2016 just two weeks after graduating from UMass, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in French. Originally from St. Albans, Vt., Ashline fell in love with the area while in college and decided to seek employment in Massachusetts.

She started at the Greenfield Recorder as the North County reporter, covering town government, schools and various feature stories in Northfield, Bernardston, Warwick and Leyden. She says her experience in North County taught her the importance of community news and how fulfilling it was to help small-town residents learn about their local happenings.

“Covering North County meant so much to me, and really impressed upon me the value of the local newspaper,” she said. “After an experience like this, I don’t think I’d want to work at a large newspaper. You wouldn’t have the close ties with the community that we have here.”

In February 2018, Ashline was promoted to features editor. Since then she has been handling the Arts & Culture, Food & Farms, Life & Times and Outdoors sections, overseeing a group of seven reporters and several freelancers while also designing pages and compiling the weekly Arts & Culture events calendar.

Ashline believes her knowledge of the area will lend itself to her new position as news editor. She said the role seemed like the natural next step for her, and she looks forward to the new challenges the role will present.

“The people of Franklin County should know I’m here to help them in any way that I can,” she said. “This community means a lot to me, and I want to make sure our coverage is as inclusive as possible given our small but hardworking staff.”


Castillo graduated in 2016 with a degree in English from UMass, where he worked for the Collegian. He earned his associate’s degree in fire science technology from the Community College of the Air Force while he was in the service. He served from 2010 to 2016, which included a deployment to Bahrain. He recently completed his master’s in creative nonfiction from Bay Path University.

His other work experience includes being a staff writer for GoNOMAD Travel, which enabled him to travel to Japan, Tenerife and Sweden, as well as many local places; and as a cameraman and news producer at 22News.

Castillo worked at the Recorder from 2016 to 2018 as the South County reporter, which included a brief stint at the Athol Daily News. From May 2018 to 2019 he was features writer at the Gazette. Now he will oversee the Recorder’s features section and lead its digital presence.

“In this new role, I’m looking forward to helping to bring the Recorder into the 21st century,” he said. “Among other ideas, I’m interested in starting a photography blog, elevating the work of our photojournalists and perhaps creating a podcast.”

A native of Florence, Castillo has a lot of family from Franklin County, including his grandmother, Irene Farriss, who served on Erving’s School Committee for nearly a decade, and his aunt Andree Clearwater, who owned a gallery in Shelburne Falls. He enjoys photography, powerlifting, travel and hard cider.

“I’m excited to be back in Franklin County in this beautiful rural landscape, and I’m looking forward to contributing my talents to the Recorder’s mission,” Castillo said. “Newspapers play an important role in maintaining democracy. I am proud to be a part of this tradition.”

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