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A letter from the editor: goals for the year

By Miles Kruppa     9/10/14 5:58pm

Dear Readers,

My name is Miles Kruppa, and I am the Editor in Chief of the Rice Thresher. I began as a staff writer in the now defunct Local section and transitioned to the News Designer role midway through my freshman year; I officially began my role as editor in chief for the March 12, 2014 issue. Though I’ve already served as Editor in Chief for nine issues, I want to take this opportunity to communicate my goals for the Thresher during the rest of my tenure.

The Rice campus deserves a news source that provides timely and relevant news. Increasingly, students consume more, or even all, of their news online. One of my goals as Editor in Chief is to create a sustainable weekly workflow that includes the posting of timely and breaking articles online first and then in the print edition — the Thresher should serve the Rice community all seven days of the week, not just one. By pushing content daily on ricethresher.org and on our Facebook page (facebook.com/TheRiceThresher), I aim to transition the Thresher from an antiquated workflow to one that serves the community’s desire for relevant and interesting content 24/7 — it’s a work-in-progress, but one that I plan to accomplish.

Beyond covering timely issues, I aim to produce content that maintains a focus on the long-view and broader topics pertinent to the university. As the Thresher continues to push more articles online, space in the print edition will be increasingly devoted to in-depth reporting that exposes under-reported issues on campus. The Thresher should not only cover what is readily apparent, but also what lurks under the surface, making opaque issues more transparent.

I want to provide you with a relevant and reliable newspaper every week. Part of that includes gaining your trust as a reputable, fair and dependable news source. While I understand that Rice students have numerous social and academic obligations, I want the Thresher to earn a portion of your scarce time. The Thresher should serve as a facilitator of campus discussion, and the only way that can happen is if the Thresher is consistently desirable enough for the whole student body to want to read and discuss it.

Please, above all, hold me accountable for the goals I have outlined in this editorial. If you see me around campus, feel free to approach me and tell me how you think the Thresher could improve; I am open to hearing all suggestions. Alternatively, you can reach me at thresher@rice.edu.

Happy reading,

Miles Kruppa

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