Dear Slate readers,
First, I want to give a big shout-out to all of my colleagues. Every editor, photographer, designer, staff member and writer on this team has played a critical role in The Slate’s success. We have been blessed with some amazingly talented people this year and to everyone graduating, you will be missed.
I joined The Slate in February 2012 as assistant A&E editor. This was during the Plan B vending machine scandal. As the newest member of the staff I sat quietly and watched the more experienced members handle this very public, controversial scandal with grace and professionalism. Around the same time, theslateonline.com was launched. Transitioning from a weekly print edition to a website that needs updated constantly sounded like a challenge, but the staff rose to the challenge.
Equipped with polls, blogs, videos and photo galleries I have no doubt that our website is going to soar this coming year.
Our hard work this year did not go unnoticed. We have been nominated for Campus Life and Program awards for leadership development, distinguished program, impact and campus visibility.
The idea of being in charge of an award-winning newspaper and managing such a talented staff is a little scary but I have learned from the best. Our current editor-in-chief Chelsea Wehking will be graduating in the upcoming weeks, but her impact on this paper and campus will never go away.
She is a natural leader and handles any problem with class like a true pro. The “real world” and the field of journalism will be a better place with her in it. Cara Shumaker will be taking over as EIC and I could not be happier. Her dedication and passion for this newspaper is contagious. I know I have big shoes to fill but these ladies have been shining examples for me.
The Slate is not slowing down and will get bigger and better with each passing year. I want to thank all our readers and everyone who has contributed to The Slate. I look forward to seeing more fresh talent come through the door next year.
Have a great summer!