September 29, 2009

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 80, Issue 3

Letter from the editor

Dear Readers,

Recently, I have heard people on campus talking badly about the Niagara Index. I am not left unaware of what people think, and I understand why so many people think badly of the newspaper. One reason being the amount of grammatical errors that have made their way through to the published issues of newspapers in the past few years. Also, some of the articles published in the past have not been about very hard hitting topics.

This year, I stepped up to the supervising editor position. Being the supervising editor, I have to make sure that everything is getting done (if it's not, I do it myself), and see that the paper is staying some what on schedule. On weeks the newspaper is being put together, I spend nearly every free minute I have in the Index office (which, by the way, has one of the slowest Mac computers I have ever used in my life). Going into this year I had no training of what to do or how to even put an issue of the paper together. I had no idea what invoices were, how to use the program InDesign, how to deal with advertisers, how to send the final product of the paper to publishers, or how exactly to edit an article once a writer submitted it to me. But, I am slowly learning all of these things and more as time goes on. I am proud of myself because within the fi rst month of school beginning, my staff and I have been able to publish three issues. If you had asked me during the summer if I thought I would accomplish that much by this point of the year, my answer would have been something like, "Are you nuts?" The real reason I am writing this is to let readers know that my goal for this year is to bring the respectability of the newspaper up. I do not think that is something that can be accomplished in a years time, but, I am hoping to do as much as I can my last year here at Niagara. That is not to say that errors won't fi nd their way into the paper (I am not perfect and I won't catch every misspelling), or that all articles will be incredible. But, I hope to print issues that people will show a little more respect to.

Sincerely,
Brittany Schottmiller

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