After we send this issue off to the printer, I will be heading home to pack my bags for Louisville, Kentucky. This is the third year that editors from The Sentry have the amazing opportunity to attend the Associated Collegiate Press College Media Convention.
At this convention, we have the opportunity to attend panels, listen to keynote speakers from the journalism industry, get our paper critiqued by other universities’ media advisors, and be surrounded by college journalists from around the country who share the same passions and goals. And at a time when journalism seems to be constantly under fire, this convention community provides a powerful sense of encouragement.
Last year when I attended the convention in Dallas, Texas with three fellow editors, we all came back with minds bursting full of ideas on how to update The Sentry to better serve our campus, readers, writers, photographers, and city.
We reshaped the organization and design of the paper, and learned not only how to write better, but how to lead better. The main problem we faced upon returning home was having too many ideas to implement (which was a great problem to have).
After looking through this year’s convention schedule, the panels and keynote speakers look promising, and I am hoping to come back with even more insight than last year—insight that will help us to improve the newspaper we love, and, in turn, benefit the campus and students that we serve.
So while I am taking notes during panels and critiques, listening to the wisdom of keynote speakers, and making a plan to implement the knowledge I receive, I will have you, our reader, in mind—thinking of ways to better serve you and give you the best reporting possible.
And, as always, if you ever have any ideas for how we can better serve our readership, please reach out to me at email@example.com.