From the Editor:

The Northwestern Chronicle, when first established in 1992, made a controversial splash as the conservative voice on campus. Multiple times, it faced extinction after being derecognized by ASG. To quote a 2002 Daily Northwestern article: “Strange things happen when you work for the Northwestern Chronicle.”

Well, it’s 2016, and strange things definitely still happen, but overall, we’re headed in a new direction.

I think this print issue is a reflection of that.

The student opinions featured in this issue are diverse not only in content, but also in style. David Wexler lauds NUDM while Kyle Walcott explains Chicago’s alternative classical music culture. Meanwhile, Yiran Chi showcases the Block Museum’s new exhibit with intense detail.

Sometimes, students that lack experience are reluctant to take on a story. They think that because they haven’t taken a journalism class or written for a campus publication before, joining one would be a fruitless venture.

That’s one of the biggest misconceptions The Chronicle is trying to battle, with its open weekly workshops and the unofficial slogan that I slip into nearly every Powerpoint presentation and email, “No experience required, no creative restraints.”

Looking back on winter quarter, we’ve made strong strides to create an open community of people who are passionate about expressing their opinions or telling stories. The weekly workshops have allowed us not only to cover unique topics such as satire and food reviews, but also to interact with and build off of each other.

During winter quarter, I recognized the prime opportunity I have as a second-year president, in that I still have two full years of school left to experiment and push the boundaries with the existing Chronicle structure.

I’ve received invaluable feedback from editors, peers and my leadership coach from Northwestern’s Center for Leadership, incorporating their suggestions into my plans for spring quarter and beyond. There’s so much room to grow when you embrace learning from your mistakes.

Nothing consumes my time like The Northwestern Chronicle does. But at the same time, nothing teaches me as much as the Editor-in-Chief position does. I’ve learned how to make myself a resource for members, engage and motivate my peers, and ask for help from others when I need it.

Most importantly, I’ve come to view progress on a long-term scale instead of as an immediate, tangible result. Satisfaction comes from building sustainable relationships that will persist for quarters to come, and success is much more than fulfilling a quota.

Catherine Zhang


Check out the print issue, online on ISSUU!

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