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Letter from the Editor: A new dawn for the Daily

Letter from the Editor: A new dawn for the Daily

Letter from the Editor: A new dawn for the Daily
August 30
21:35 2018

When I walked into the North Texas Daily’s old office tucked down into the basement of the GAB for the first time, I did not have even an ounce of an imagination that I would one day be writing this letter.

Nearly two years later, it turns out that it was accidentally the best decision I’ve ever made.

I’ve never been great at introductions (just ask literally any professor I’ve ever had), but my name is Alec Spicer, and back in April I was chosen to be the Editor-in-Chief of the North Texas Daily. And although I have held this position since May (I wasn’t lying about the not-being-good-with-introductions thing) I figured with the beginning of a new term, it’s now or never.

I joined this newspaper solely because a friend of mine at the time didn’t want to do it alone. I figured at most, I would gain experience, become a better journalist and maybe step out of my comfort zone a little. I had no idea I would continue to step out of every comfort zone I’ve found myself in ever since. For that, I will forever owe this newspaper my best.

And speaking of comfort zones, my team and I are excited to guide the Daily out of its comfort zone, too.

If you’re reading this in the physical paper, by now you have probably already noticed we got a little bit of a visual makeover. We spent all summer making changes to how we do things here at the Daily, and I’m looking forward to continuing to build onto that during my time as editor.

That doesn’t just mean a new design, however. Because I’ve never been a fan of echoing “that’s just the way things have always been done,” things are changing.

For the first time, we have a senior staff videographer on our team to help take the stories we share to the next level. Being that we are a digital-first publication, regularly having videos to accompany our articles will elevate your experience as a reader, as well.

For all of you sports fans, you will be elated to know our sports section is getting an upgrade — we’re going to highlight more club sports. Don’t worry, this is Texas, and I am well aware that football is king. But there are so many talented athletes here that we have yet to tap into, from our underrated hockey team and archery to women’s rugby and so much more.

Another section getting a vast upgrade: The Dose. In the entirety of the time I have been on staff at the Daily— with the exception of the occasional film piece — our review section has felt like an afterthought. However, in the age of countless makeup tutorials and binging Netflix shows, it only makes sense to not only expand the types of reviews we do in The Dose, but to finally give it the attention it deserves: its own staff.

I’m fortunate to have built a team that is passionate about their work and about serving the public. However, we are not perfect — but I can guarantee you that we will be transparent every step of the way, so if you have a question, comment, concern or just think we’re sleeping on reviewing an amazing new album, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Whether you’re a reader who has been following us for years, or you’re just picking up our newspaper for the first time, thank you for your support. We strive to bring you the best journalism we possibly can, and in these times, we need each other now more than ever.

Featured Image: North Texas Daily Editor-in-Chief Alec Spicer. Sasha Calamaco

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Alec is the Editor-in-Chief of the North Texas Daily.

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