Letter from the Editor: New faces. Fresh content. Same passion.

Letter from the Editor: New faces. Fresh content. Same passion.

Letter from the Editor: New faces. Fresh content. Same passion.
January 18
02:21 2018

For over 100 years, the content produced at the North Texas Daily has sparked online debates, covered controversial topics and showcased the good in people.

It has also given college students – like myself – the opportunity to pursue their passion, get first-hand experience and make a difference.

Students are the roots of this publication. Every word you read, photo you see and printed page you hold in your hand was written, photographed or designed by a student at UNT.

And I’ve been a part of this whole exciting process for three and a half years.

My name is Kayleigh Bywater, and I am editor-in-chief this spring at the North Texas Daily. I was selected last November by a committee of 19 faculty members, peers and university administrators to run the Daily this semester, and I’ll be editor-in-chief until I graduate this May.

I’ve been on the Daily since my freshman year. I started as a staff writer for the arts and life section and have held many positions on staff: senior staff writer, arts and life editor, copy chief and – now – editor-in-chief. The journey has been full of late-night writing sessions and driving all around Denton County for interviews, but I wouldn’t trade a second of it.

Even though I’ve been on staff for years and the Daily has been around for a century, there are a few changes you can expect to see throughout the semester.

Visuals are a huge part of the Daily, so this semester will be full of photo galleries, intriguing graphs and high-quality video. Various forms of multimedia open up opportunities to bring in new elements that we’ve never utilized before. In the few days that we’ve been operating for the spring, we’ve already produced a photo gallery, video and added multiple photos to every story – and we’ll only grow from here.

But that’s not it.

It’s no secret that the opinion section gets a lot of traction in the Daily – and I love reading what our readers have to say. This semester, we’re starting a new series called “This and That.” We will take one topic and have two of our opinion writers face-off on both ends of the debate. Whether it’s over Oprah for president or not to raise the student athletic fee, people have very different opinions on extremely important topics. I’m excited for this series, and the opinion editor and I are always open to ideas on the next “This and That” articles.

As a staff of journalism students, it’s our goal at the Daily to be as transparent and upfront as possible.

Have a concern? E-mail us. Have a question about content? Give the office a call. Want to join the staff? We are always looking for staffers – regardless of your major or grade classification. Feel free to come by our office in Sycamore 230 — I’ll be more than happy to look over letters to the editor, show off pictures of my golden retriever Gus (he is very cute) or talk with you about television shows or Pop! Funko figures.

So, as my Letter from the Editor comes to the end, I urge you – pick up a copy of the Daily on newsstands every Thursday. Check out our website – it’s updated every single day. We’re here to work and learn in order to be the best possible news outlet we can be for UNT, Denton and North Texas. It might not always be pretty or easy, but we’re here. And I am so excited to see what this talented staff is able to produce this semester.

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