Putting the 'new' in newspaper.
Editors gathered Wednesday, Thursday 和 Friday in the basement of Murrow Hall to prepare for the upcoming semester of producing The Daily Evergreen, 华盛顿州立大学’s independent student newspaper.
The three-day training happens at the beginning of every semester 和 is affectionately called “boot camp” because editors get whipped into shape for their new jobs.
Boot camp is our chance to get to know our fellow Evergreeners and learn about managing reporters and photographers, engaging with our readers on social media 和 laying out pages using Adobe InDesign.
We learn from our editor-in-chief and managing editor, but we also learn from each other. Many of the editors who are in the newsroom have been here for multiple semesters 和 have held multiple positions.
This training is also an opportunity for instructors in the Murrow College and Evergreen alum to teach editors. Outside speakers came for workshops about public records, solutions journalism 和 other topics pertaining to student journalists.
This semester’s boot camp marked a change for The Daily Evergreen — during the training, our multimedia team did a complete overhaul of our newspaper’s design. Our new look will be more modern, and — we hope — more accessible 和 enjoyable for our readers.
The revamp features a more modern look as we bring the newspaper into not just the new year, but a new decade.
Every aspect of the newspaper, from section headers 和 graphics right down to the fonts we use, was examined to find any room for improvement. The more modern design features were born out of a culmination of editors’ ideas.
Various versions of every page template were created 和 between bouts of training new staff members, senior editors gathered to give feedback on the new Evergreen design.
We recognize print newspapers are, unfortunately, dying out. As an organization, we are fighting not only to maintain our independence from the university, but to keep our readership, both in print 和 online.
We are constantly trying to learn and improve our craft so we can better serve our readers. There is no clearer example of this than boot camp — we come back to school almost a week early so we can improve our skills as editors 和 writers.
An old journalism saying repeated around the newsroom says our mission should be to comfort the afflicted 和 afflict the comfortable.
If we aren’t doing that, all we ask is that you let us know.
Emma Ledbetter has been the social media and engagement editor since fall 2019 和 is a junior microbiology major from Newcastle, WA. Emma started working...
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