Letter: New year, new editor, new North Texas Daily

Letter: New year, new editor, new North Texas Daily

August 23
22:32 2015

Nicholas Friedman | Editor-in-Chief

@NMFreed

HwYYh3wzWell we’re here again, here at the start of another semester. With a new set of classes comes a new editor of the North Texas Daily. Hello, I’m Nick.

Things are changing here at the Daily. We’re doing something we’ve never really done before. It’s scary and stressful and unbelievably frustrating, but we’re doing it. For the first time ever, the North Texas Daily is a digital-first publication.

Now, don’t get too scared, because with a change in our process comes a benefit to you, our readers.

Gone are the days of two newspapers a week, where you’d scurry to the newsstand to see what we’ve written. Now, we’re online, every day, every hour, every minute. We want to be the first site you go to for news about your university and about your city. We want to be the account you retweet and mention. Hell, we want to be the best damn newspaper this school has ever seen.

So, how will we do that?

1. We’re introducing a new print product, which will be on newsstands every Thursday. It’s a real-life, actual newspaper that you can unfold at the coffee shop. It’ll have tons of great content from a motivated staff and I hope you’ll pick it up every week.

2. We want to hear from you, so tweet at us, message us on Facebook and look forward to a new series of events called Panels. We will invite guest speakers and professionals from a multitude of fields to discuss political, social and economic issues both near and far, and we’re bringing you in on the fun.

You’ll be able to attend the events and ask us, the editors and writers of the North Texas Daily, whatever you can think of. There will also be an interactive Twitter chat element and a Periscope live-stream for those unable to make it.

3. We have a new brand, and it’s all about shaking things up. With a new image for the paper, we want to emit a professional level quality while remaining familiar. So, we’re just North Texas Daily, but you can call us NT Daily if you want. There’s a new website to go along with this, and I invite you to check it out when you get a chance at ntdaily.com.

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We’re also amping up some really cool stuff for the University’s 125th anniversary. Starting next week, we’ll be featuring articles from the Daily of years past. What was the paper like the day we landed on the moon? Or when John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas? We also want to take the chance to reflect on our past, and our content for the year will include interviews with alumni, local business owners, faculty and more. We’ll also pen some counter-editorials to those written years and years ago, because let’s face it, the 60s were a little weird for everyone.

So, that’s it. The paper is changing and we want you to be a part of it. We’re not going to hide behind bylines or Internet posts. We’re going to be the news source that is always here for you. We’re ready to be transparent and a real newspaper.

Like I said before, I’m Nick and my office is always open.

Whether it’s a Confederate debate on the Square or a Supreme Court ruling ready to change the world, the North Texas Daily is here, and we’re not going anywhere.

About Author

Nicholas Friedman

Nicholas Friedman

Nicholas Friedman is the Editor In Chief of the North Texas Daily. In addition, he's had his work published at The Dallas Morning News, GuideLive and the Denton Record-Chronicle.

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