Letter from the editor: Welcome back


Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ernie Pyle sits at his typewriter outside of Franklin Hall, home of the Media School. Andrew Williams Buy Photos

Last fall was a semester of monumental change for the Indiana Daily Student. We reduced our print production to twice a week, reprioritized our digital presence, unveiled a new look for our website idsnews.com and saw the resignation of our longtime Director of Student Media, all the while celebrating our 150th year of production.

For perspective, that means the IDS has been in print for nearly 50 years before IU offered classes at any of its regional campuses, 34 years before IU basketball played its first game and two years before Purdue University was established.

150 years later, an evolving media landscape has dictated change at the IDS and that’s just what we’ve done. We’re now producing content as a web-first publication, making the news you need to know accessible from any place at anytime.

This semester will continue to be one of change as we look to bring you the same high-quality journalism through innovative formats — from social media and video to podcasts and in-depth reporting projects.

And despite our continued evolution as a digital media organization, our mission remains the same; to inform and enlighten the Bloomington campus community and to contribute to and enrich an atmosphere of free inquiry, expression and discussion.

We will continue to ask tough questions and push for answers. We will continue to facilitate conversation on campus and in the community about difficult topics like sexual assault and hate crime, and provide well-rounded coverage and analysis of our rich cultural and athletic communities. 

Above all, we will continue to serve you, our reader.

We want to report stories that are not only interesting, but useful; stories that are illuminating, but also serve a purpose in your day-to-day life.

Most importantly, we want to hear from you. What are we getting right? What are we doing well? What are we missing? What would you like to see more of in your news? Your voice matters, and we’re here to listen.

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