We set out this semester at the Indiana Daily Student under a looming sense of change. The fall 2017 staff ushered in a new website, reimagined our print product and said goodbye to a strong advocate, adviser and friend.
This semester immediately became one of experimentation. We challenged ourselves to rethink storytelling, to embrace a digital-first presence while maintaining the integrity of more than 150 years of independent student journalism.
We told stories of heartbreak and triumph. We celebrated when the women’s basketball team clinched the WNIT championship. We explored struggling systems and communities that rallied around their own. We shared our own #MeToo story and profiled those who have dedicated their lives to helping others.
Working with this talented team of journalists so deeply dedicated to serving our community has been one of our greatest privileges, and we know that for semesters to come, they will continue to serve you, our readers.
Thank you for a semester of engaged curiosity. I’ve enjoyed so much hearing from you as we’ve looked to spark community conversation. Your feedback, letters and story ideas are essential to what we do, and I can’t wait to see what grows from your voice. As media evolves, I am confident the IDS will continue to forge a path of strong, independent work reflective of these stories and the many more ahead.
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