The editor-in-chief role, at the intersection of journalism and leadership, never fails to teach me important skills, like group communication and member recruitment.
These skills are like muscles, in that they need to be exercised constantly. From the classes that I take at Northwestern, whether it’s a strategic communication class or a straightforward grammar course, I grow so much, because I can apply what I learn from class to my non-academic life. It’s exciting to see these concepts being put into practice, so that I can improve in real-time. One major lesson I’ve learned this past quarter is that working with writers is about so much more than just enforcing deadlines and checking in with them about their pieces. Being an editor means extending yourself to them as a resource and adapting your editing style to fit their own personal writing style.
At the end of the day, the writer’s voice should still shine through clearly. The editor’s role is simply to make their arguments easier to understand for the reader. Whether you’re meeting the writer face-to-face at Norris or working remotely with Microsoft Word’s phenomenal “Track Changes” feature, editing should be a two-way conversation, because it always helps to have a second pair of eyes to play devil’s advocate or ask the questions you never thought of asking.
Spring quarter saw the return of the Game of Thrones Roundtable Reviews, published weekly by Managing Editor Adam Shimer and his twin brother David at Yale. The TV show’s popularity helps generate buzz around their analyses, and the recurring nature of the episodes keeps the dialogue going, week by week.
This quarter’s print issue reflects the unique makeup of The Chronicle’s unique writing community, which comprises friends of friends, as well as people who are just overall interested in writing.
Pranav Dhingra recaps his freshman year, discussing expectations he had going into fall quarter, and how they evolved as he went through his first few weeks of school. Meanwhile, former EIC and graduating senior Anthony Settipani looks back on his undergraduate experience, examining how the university treats its students and addresses scandals such as vandalism and sexual assault, which can quickly spark heated conversations on campus. This pair of articles takes two very different approaches to the Northwestern experience, one evaluating campus social life through a fresh lens, the other a poetic assessment of the university’s questionable priorities.
As May is Mental Health Awareness Month, two writers – Courtney Chatterton and Managing Editor Ananya Agrawal – have based their articles around mental health issues. Of course, this topic doesn’t warrant conversation solely because of the occasion; mental health, which is relevant to all of our lives, deserves recognition and awareness year round. Chatterton’s article is a perfect starting point to discuss the stigma surrounding mental health, while Agrawal’s highlights online resources for mental health support, for Northwestern students who aren’t satisfied with the extent of university support.
Looking forward, I’m incredibly optimistic for what the summer and fall have in store for The Northwestern Chronicle. I’m proud to announce that we will be working on a freshman print issue, to be out in the fall. This unique issue will target incoming freshmen, supplementing their college experience with resources about campus opportunities, secrets and tips to take advantage of their first year. The content will be rich with experiences that the writers have all had as freshmen, which is probably the best part. It’s an issue put together by students, explicitly for the students.
Peep the print issue online at ISSUU!
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