(Towerlight) Editor’s Desk: Greeting a new semester

Below is a portion of my latest Editor’s Desk from The Towerlight. To read the full editorial, click here.

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It was a significant year and I hope that 2011 brings about even more remarkable events; ones that we can look back on and be proud. With Towson’s spring semester starting up, I know our staff is prepared to take on as many newsworthy happenings as we can handle. We operate not on our own time, but on when and what is happening in our area. The functioning of our news service revolves around what is deemed an important incident or event whether on campus or off.

But we can’t tackle this task alone. We need the help of the reader (that’s you!) to get involved, send us feedback, throw out a story suggestion and give us a will to make a way. With that said, I want to make this very clear: As a news organization, we have priorities and goals, intentions and policies, ideas, thoughts, and intuition. We intend on providing fair and accurate accounts of news and events.

We desire to engage our audience in a marketplace of ideas. It is our goal to contribute something to the critical events of our time, no matter how miniscule or massive. Most of all, we aim to inform the public so that the public may make informed individual decisions.

If you are someone making headlines in our paper, I’ll either say, “congratulations” or “I’m sorry.” Things may get ugly at times and they may seem unfair, but that does not mean we are in the wrong or doing a poor job. In other words, our content is in the hands of the people. To quote a motto of the Aspen Daily News, “If you don’t want it printed, don’t let it happen.” This is our disclaimer.

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From reading a couple of textbooks on opinion writing, I’ve found how blunt and straightforward editorial writers have been in the past. If an editor had an opinion about their readership and wanted to set something straight, there was no holding back.

It seems that if the papers of yesterday received negative feedback from readers or if they heard complaints about something being printed, they were quick to respond and stand up for their decisions.

This is something that I really take to heart because I do feel that many people do not fully understand the work of the journalist. Too often are journalists thought to be muck-raking, sensationalist, heartless reporters. Perhaps that was the case in history, and if it was, it’s a shame that journalists today are slapped with the same label. But I am one who wants to inform the reader, even if it means informing them of how we operate and what to expect.

I look forward to defending our news organization at Towson University this semester – that is if it is needed and only if it is needed.

 

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