When Fall Rolls Around

Mount Mercy University Times Web Site

We'll have to come up with a new online flag, since we aren't using the "dragon flag" this year, but the site already had coverage of this year's first big story--as Mount Mercy became a university.

At the end of the school year, it’s pretty normal for student journalists to be pretty frazzled.

It has been a long slog through weekly deadlines. Add n the stress of hearing complaints all the time for trivial errors, but not so many compliments for what you do well, and the experience of a student journalist can be difficult.

Yet, at the beginning rather than the end, I have the gut feeling that we’ll have a pretty good year a the “Mount Mercy Times.”

Early signs? The editors were mulling over today the shape of the first issue, which will be published next week. After considering the Mount Mercy University transition stories, a fairly vibrant set of sports stories, articles by editors and students in MMU fall writing classes—the editors agreed to put out 16 pages.

Well. The paper is usually 12 pages and sometimes 8, but rarely 16.

It’s a lofty goal. But there is lots of “cool” stuff. Tom has done about half a dozen versions of the flag, and every time he starts tweaking, it gets better. The latest version today was a pretty darn sexy beast, I think, and I am anxious to see it in print.

Erich and Sophia are already pumping out video news reports. We don’t print a paper until next week, but the paper feels as if it has already “arrived.”

And Cindy has already “published” an issue online. You can see it here. It’s six pages of U transition coverage, and yet we’ll have new material next week on the same topic.

There is a downside—due to scheduling conflicts, the paper cycle didn’t get as far down the road today as usual, and the editors plan to work on it Sunday.

I’m a bit old-fashioned—I don’t like weekend shifts of this nature—but, everybody seems really cool with it. The attitudes of Cindy, Bizz, Ryan, Tom, Jennifer, Amy, Jason—they seemed really upbeat today.

May it be a good year. I think it will.

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