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Letter from the editor: a new year sparks growth for the ‘Daily’

Letter from the editor: a new year sparks growth for the ‘Daily’

Letter from the editor: a new year sparks growth for the ‘Daily’
January 27
13:00 2022

Aug. 19, 2019: the day of my first orientation with the North Texas Daily. Two-and-a-half years and eight orientations later, I’m ecstatic to be sitting in the editor-in-chief office writing this letter. I knew I wanted to get involved with the Daily when I transferred to the university in fall 2019, but my 19-year-old self did not anticipate the amount of growth I would experience along the way, both as a journalist and communicator.

I explored what the Daily had to offer by starting off as a volunteer reporter, becoming the arts and life senior staff writer a semester later. After a couple of semesters in that role, I became the arts and life section editor, which I held for three semesters prior to taking on the editor-in-chief position. My arts and life experience allowed me to discover my love for feature writing and telling untold stories in our community, and you will continue to see that content from us this semester. 

Since my arrival as a new writer who was intimidated by the newsroom, I’ve built connections with friends, colleagues and role models who consistently remind me why I’m passionate about journalism while honing my skills in writing and editing.

This semester, I want to make sure every contributor feels the same warm environment I have found within the Daily. We all are involved with the publication because we want to grow as ethical journalists, and with the staff of 14 talented editorial board members I have lined up for this semester, I know we will be able to continue doing just that.

Each editorial board member has hit the ground running with bright ideas this semester. A group of nine returners and five new faces to the editorial board, each department of the Daily is in great hands. You can expect a return of The Last Draft podcast, continuous breaking news coverage, collaborative projects and an even more robust social media presence. 

We held our semesterly orientation Friday — hybrid edition — and with every chair full, two rows of people standing and a handful of students tuned in via Zoom, our staff continues to grow every day. This semester, growth is our first area of focus, as more staffers mean more content for our readers. We’ve been speaking to journalism courses and focusing on outreach to put together a well-rounded, diverse staff. 

However, we are still living in a pandemic, so we will be keeping COVID-19 guidelines in place by encouraging masks and offering a virtual option for meetings. Since the pandemic hit almost two years ago, the Daily has not skipped a beat, and we will continue to provide top-notch coverage through another semester of “COVID school.”

Most importantly, we could not do what we do without you: our readers. Every story, photo, social media post and other content is made with our university and Denton communities in mind, and we always appreciate feedback to continue improving. Thank you for supporting the Daily in all of its endeavors, and we can’t wait to show you what we have in the works for the upcoming months. 

In today’s digital-first age, you can count on the Daily continuing to put out online content throughout the week, accompanied by our typical print issue coming out in newsstands and online every Thursday. As our editorial board is holed up in the newsroom putting together this week’s issue, morale is at an all-time high, and the friendliness of our staff gives me high hopes for the semester.

I could not be where I am now without the support and guidance from my professors in the Mayborn School of Journalism. From memorizing AP Style to getting out of my comfort zone by writing public relations statements, my instructors have consistently pushed me to work hard and become the journalist I am today.

I also want to thank everyone I have worked with at the Daily during the time I’ve been here. So many talented individuals have given me valuable feedback and lessons over the years that still stick with me, and I hope to have a similar impact on this semester’s staff.

If you ever need to contact the Daily for any reason, please do not hesitate to reach out. We can be found on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok @ntdaily, or if you’d like to communicate with me directly, send me an email at maria.lawson@unt.edu, and I’d love to speak with you. The Daily is here to serve the campus and Denton community, and I will make sure we are doing that continuously.

To get some of our current content right in your inbox, make sure to subscribe to our newsletter, which can be found on our website. I am so excited to see where the Daily goes this semester, and I hope you will continue with us along the way. And as always, remember to support local journalism and support student media. 

Featured image: Journalism and sociology senior Maria Lawson poses outside Sycamore Hall before her first print night as editor-in-chief on Jan. 25, 2022. Photo by John Anderson.

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