FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK
A student-run newspaper
Published: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 17:12
“I’m going to go read all the newsworthy and important things in The Spectrum.”
A couple weeks ago a group was having a discussion on the couch opposite of myself in the Memorial Union. One person was leaving the group and was holding the latest issue of The Spectrum. As he walked away he made this comment about the paper, dripping in sarcasm.
During the fall semester, The Spectrum has undergone staff changes, design changes and circulation changes. We have broken news stories before other Fargo media, even as a bi-weekly newspaper competing against dailies. And, of course, we have “graced” the “Overheard at NDSU” Facebook page a few times for editorial errors.
One thing that seems to remain the same is that some readers still do not view The Spectrum at “newsworthy” or “important. Which confuses me. That has been editors’ main goal since we began in 1896.
Although The Spectrum has a base staff of section editors, copy editors, designers and an advertising staff, The Spectrum is, as it has been since the beginning, a student-run newspaper.
We take submissions from all students regardless of major or minor, age, race, ethnicity, gender, beliefs or any other differences one may think they have.
Students (and other community contributors) determine the content in our paper. If students do not like the story coverage, it is up to them to speak up—a staff as small as The Spectrum’s cannot do it all.
That being said, we have had a few instances where students have spoken up this semester, especially recently surrounding Rhianna LaValla’s opinion articles about her atheist beliefs. Although some people questioned whether we should have published those articles, they evoked discussion from people that may not have spoken up without them.
All students with strong opinions are not speaking up, however. In another instance, I was, again, sitting in the Union and overheard a Bible study group discussion. They brought up how the media misrepresents some Christian faiths and the controversy with LaValla’s articles was commented on.
The women had interesting discussion points and were able to form valid arguments against the previous articles published in The Spectrum. It is those students that we hope to see more contributions from next semester and for years to come.
This all goes back to the very first editorial that was published in the summer issue of The Spectrum when I told students that it was their paper, and I had high hopes with what we could do with it this year. I hope the upcoming semester is one that we can only add to what we have accomplished—and to learn from our past mistakes.