From the Editor
The second most common interaction I have related to the paper is the enumeration of errors in each issue of the Dickinsonian. This year, my friends and people I do not even know have jumped at the chance to point out to me the most embarrassing typo or mistake of the week.
It’s all too easy to fall into the trap of taking these things personally. To survive on a paper like the Dickinsonian, I find it very useful to take the “it’s not personal, it’s business” “Godfather” mentality.
With all sincerity, thank you to everyone who gave us feedback this year, whether positive or negative. Knowing when and where we mess up makes us all the more motivated to get it right the next time, and knowing what we’re doing okay at helps us continue to cultivate our strengths.
The big, glaring mistakes have declined over the course of the year, but sure our paper will always be in a state of imperfection. Coming into the editor-in-chief seat, I had a lot of lofty goals for the paper. Many of them did not happen. With that, I unabashedly break out the clichés to remark that that’s life for you. Nothing’s perfect, and it’s often on the path to achieving the goals you set for yourself where the real fun, learning and growth take place.
Our journalism advisor told me that almost every editor-in-chief comes in wanting to revolutionize the paper, but when confronted with the realities of the job (along with being a full-time student) a realization sets in that your objectives can be broken down into three steps: (1) make sure the paper does not move backwards, (2) maintain the consistent quality from the last editor and (3) if you’re lucky, make the product somewhat better than how it was when you first got it.
Sure, as I have written on several occasions, I realize the Dickinsonian is not characterized by its ability to break fun, scandalous or even major news. We’re positioned in Carlisle at a small liberal arts college and have a small staff. Heck, when a baby squirrel audaciously jumps on students after Dee Danser’s memorable e-mail not to touch the baby squirrels, it makes the front page.
Every week I am amazed by how many of you choose to submit letters to the editor. Thank you for using this platform, and well done on the substantive dialogue you’ve kept going. Other than bringing you the ridiculous and hilarious in the Drinkinsonian, which arguably is our crown jewel, if we kept it colorful, helped inform you about what’s happening on campus and gave you a forum to talk about community issues, then we did okay. To take a page from President Durden’s Ben Rush-dominated book, “we aimed.”