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Letter: A new semester and 100 years of journalistic excellence

Letter: A new semester and 100 years of journalistic excellence

January 20
19:38 2016

Nicholas Friedman | Editor-In-Chief

@NMFreed

Nick Friedman

Nicholas Friedman, Editor-in-Chief  Meagan Sullivan | Visuals Editor

It’s hard to imagine what the world looked like 100 years ago. World War I raged on, the Titanic had sunk and films were still black and white. And journalists, well, journalists were still putting their noses to the grindstone.

Believe it or not, the North Texas Daily has been around for that long. Starting as The Campus Chat in 1916, the paper moved to regional prominence and has catalogued some of the most influential events of the last century.

Things like the JFK assassination, the moon landing and 9/11 are just a drop in the pool of history, and the Daily was always there to acknowledge, report and chronicle.

And now, 100 years later, I want to keep holding the Daily to those standards, and I believe we’re well on our way to leaving our own footprint. Our move to digital-first has been a challenge, but it’s paid off. We’re engaging through social media, our website has entered the 21st century and we’re passionate about each story we tell.

But it’s not without tragedy.

This winter break was rough, and we all felt it. As a university, we lost two students, and as a region we suffered a natural disaster. There were wrecks, crime and corruption. But whether we were around as journalists, community members, leaders or students, we all came together and played our part.

It’s easy to forget about the news at a student newspaper, especially when you write for it. In years past, the cycle stopped when we checked out for the break, but that’s not the case anymore. We believe it’s our duty to keep you, as our readership – our family – informed and aware, and we hope we were able to do just that.

As we look forward, we don’t want to think about tragedy and loss. We want to think on fond memories, of course, but we must look to the future and what it presents.

In our 100th year as a paper, we want to tell the stories you may have never heard and the ones you want to tell us.

After 100 years, we’re still here, and you’re here with us. Thanks for sticking around.

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