Welcome back, students, for another successful year of learning and growth. Those of you who frequent “The Globe” newspaper stand and read our pages will notice that we have a new look and design. To those of you who are new to “The Globe”: YES, Salt Lake Community College has a newspaper!
This newspaper is managed, written and designed by students and has been in circulation, under different names, since 1959. It is published every Wednesday and can be picked up at stands around each campus. If you’re reading this online, you’ve found our virtual home at globeslcc.com–welcome to our website!
Our goal is to provide the SLCC community with students’ voices and views about what is happening in and around campus. This outlet also provides opportunities for students to receive experience and training in the field of reporting. We have student journalists, photographers, graphic designers and editors all pitching in together to bring students news that they care about.
You’ll notice over the next few issues that our content, design and information will be changing. It’s a new design for a new era in communication and media. Pick up our newspaper, visit us online, send in your comments, write a letter to the editor or follow us on Facebook. There are many ways in which you can be involved and have your voice heard.
Every week, we plan to profile a student, faculty, staff member or graduate of SLCC. Many students are doing things, creating, innovating and affecting change. Recently, we ran a story about an SLCC student who faced a tragedy earlier on in her life and was able to overcome it through art. She has taken her pain and made something beautiful through a visual arts design course at SLCC.
We have also written stories about your rising tuition rates and what you can do about it. New programs, buildings and resources have all been highlighted. As always, we feature events, news, sports, entertainment and information about what’s happening at the various campus locations.
We have a great, hard-working staff, full of passionate writers and designers. They have spent countless hours on this back-to-school issue. As you get to know them through their writing, notice their personalities and knowledge that they bring with them to the paper. Some of them may have a class with you; others may interview you for a story. For them, their classroom is the newspaper.
Voices matter now more than ever in the great sea of information. Tweeting, Facebook-ing and blogging have become common ways to get voices out there to be heard. No longer is media a top-down structure; today’s news happens from the bottom-up. Stories start in living rooms, classrooms, street corners and coffee shops. This is the time to be involved in the circulation and delivery of the news.
Students in the Communication Department are learning these tools of the trade. They are learning why an unbiased media is so important. When there are so many voices out there that are vying for our attention, it is still important to have professionals in the field searching for the truth and getting the facts. This newspaper allows them that experience. Our students will be moving into a brand new building with new resources and state-of-the-art equipment that the Center for New Media will provide.
Students around the world have always been the start of great revolutionary movements. From protests to rallies, many of the great changes to our society happened in colleges and universities. From hundreds of thousands of Chilean students protesting for education reform to Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager and activist who was shot by the Taliban, students have become a voice and a beacon for many who would otherwise be unheard.
Newspapers around the world have been going through a shift. Now is a great time to be involved in the change and evolution of the newspaper. Not just an evolution of the newspaper, but a R-evolution.
One voice matters. Your voice matters.