Here at The Penn, we know your view of the media might have been skewed in the past few years. As editor-in-chief, I wanted to make some promises to you, the readers, about the way we handle the news.
First and foremost, we are a student publication. We want to be a voice for students, whether it’s sharing their achievements or informing them of news that directly affects them during their time at IUP.
But we are also students ourselves. We are constantly learning and coming up with ideas to better The Penn and share the news with you. And part of this learning curve is making mistakes.
We pride ourselves on accuracy and relevancy, and we don’t take mistakes lightly. Quick turnaround time on stories might cause oversight on a small detail. Sometimes misspellings make their ways into headlines.
Each mistake we’ve made in the past – and we have made them – has taught us new lessons. We have four or five staff members check over each page before we publish it because we want to ensure to the best of our ability that we give you accurate information in every single story.
Even during busy times like finals and move-in, our staff is in the office making sure the paper gets out on time. When we signed up for The Penn, we were making a commitment to you and the legacy of the paper to do good by the community and write our stories well. So every time we come in to work on the paper, we’re giving 100 percent of our efforts to make it great.
Last year was the first time The Penn went all-digital, moving on from our print copy. As with all change, the transition was not easy.
We added podcasts, used social media more to connect with and listen to students and community members, brought on new team members to help carry The Penn into the digital age and much more.
This year, we will continue the work we started the year prior.
We want to be involved in conversations happening on campus. We want to hear what students are concerned about or what they’re praising. We want to proudly represent the IUP student body with the work we put out on our website.
Student organizations, professors and community groups are more than welcome to reach out to us with information regarding the work they’re doing.
We look forward to sharing your news this school year.
- Katie Mest, Editor-in-Chief