Linfield certainly has been busy this summer! While most of us ’Cats were soaking up sunshine and tracking the Gaga-Bieber Twitter battle (well, maybe not), Linfield experienced a number of changes.
As the school prepared for its largest freshman class on record, construction began on Northup Hall, the Melrose Hall roof got a face-lift, and Whitman Hall acquired new furniture. Linfield also welcomed a new women’s basketball coach and vice president for student affairs and athletics and dean of students, among others. The bookstore got a spiffy book-rental system, and an ASLC-sponsored sand volleyball pit found a home behind Dana and Mahaffey halls. Wildcats will also notice the school’s new brand everywhere, from the redesigned website to the no-longer-cross-eyed mascot.
But even amid the flurry of changes, the power of a small college proves strong. Linfield made PARADE’s College A-List and was named one of the Princeton Review’s “Best in the West” colleges. And in a book critiquing modern academia, Andrew Hacker, professor emeritus of Queens college, and Claudia Dreifus, writer for the New York Times, pointed to Linfield as an impressive example of liberal arts education.
Needless to say, our school’s had a pretty epic summer. And here at the Review, we want an epic school year, too. To foster such excellence, we set three goals for TLR to accomplish by the end of my editorship. They are to a) amp up TLR’s social media presence, b) cultivate open communication between TLR and the greater campus and c) enhance the quality of the newspaper’s overall content.
Print media is changing: Take the move to online information dissemination via websites and social media. TLR has a Twitter account and Facebook page. While the latter is doing OK fan-wise, its Twitter account is lacking. By retweeting and posting relevant stories and the latest news, we will bolster its social media following. (You could help out by going to Twitter and following us @linfieldreivew and liking us on Facebook at The Linfield Review.)
The second goal involves generating story content and maintaining superior public relations. We are rarely sent story ideas, and we sometimes miss opportunities. By using online tools such as Facebook discussion boards, we plan to increase student input on TLR’s content. By being approachable, we hope to render TLR more accessible to all.
TLR has won many awards throughout the years and continues to improve. There are many avenues to display talent at the Review. We need writers and photographers. We need people to draw comics and take videos. The editorial staff can’t pump out content without the help of freelance talent. Our final goal involves harnessing this Linfield talent to produce the best newspaper possible.
If you’re interested in working for the Review or would like to discuss specifics about my goals, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kelley Hungerford can be reached at email@example.com