Co-Editor-in-chief Casey Mendoza welcomes Class of 2019

This column was posted in the Freshman Issue of The Knox Student, published Sept. 5.

Hello new faces, and welcome to Knox.

You hold in your hands the first paper of the year, which we hope will help you learn more about the Knox community and also illustrate the collaborative efforts of our talented and dedicated newsroom.

For the next couple of days, you’ll be inundated with stacks of orientation materials to guide you through your first weeks at Knox. Throughout the year, you’ll receive even more information and news about the college through their official website and communications from the administration.

What makes The Knox Student different is its dedication to being student written, student run and student read.

Our newsroom prides itself on being independent from the administration, as press should be, but we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the curiosity, creativity and activism of our student body.

This issue of The Knox Student isn’t just another orientation guide or map to keep you from getting lost, it’s also your invitation to join our staff as writers, photographers, graphic designers, video producers, bloggers and editors.

This year, our staff is focused on producing a wider array of content for our weekly print publication and daily updated website. Take part in our tradition of printing hard-hitting, investigative news pieces, creative feature stories and thoughtful discourse or help us usher The Knox Student into the era of new media.

Beyond our weekly print issue, we also plan on producing online videos and short-form documentary films with the help of our experienced videographers, filmmakers and editors.

Help us cover protests, fires or the rising cost of tuition; review studio theatre plays or the newest Netflix Original Series; photograph football games from the sidelines. There are endless possibilities and opportunities for you no matter what you’re interested in.

No experience? No problem.

Our newsroom not only has the resources to produce great content, but to teach content creation as well. Keep you eye out for upcoming workshops and classes to help improve your writing and reporting skills, learn how to use a DSLR or advanced media tools from Adobe Photoshop to Premiere Pro. Our staff is trained and experienced to help you learn the basics of journalism and new media.

For more information, head to www.theknoxstudent.com or follow @theknoxstudent on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook. There you’ll find our stories, galleries, blogs, videos and updates.

Feel free to use those mediums to contact us with questions, ideas or concerns.

We look forward to working with and learning more about you, and most importantly, we can’t wait to see what you have to offer our community.

 

A contemplation on patience, or the lack thereof

So far this term, I’ve been forced to take my writing process into consideration. I do not enjoy taking my writing process into consideration. I enjoy writing. Especially when it comes to poetry. But that is a different rant for a different day.

The writing process for TKS works better, more efficiently, and more sensibly than does my personal writing process for creative work. The latter is scattered, informal, and makes me feel like a Type B person when I’m pretty sure I’m not a Type B person. However, this mode can still apply to TKS sometimes, and for reasons that I cannot control.

Last Wednesday, on publication night, it felt like all our well-planned deadlines (a nod to Anna Meier for changing them this year in such a way as to make everyone less insane) and well-organized systems had been tossed to the wind. My lovely co-editor had asked a writer for revisions on Monday night, but we did not get them on Monday night. We did not get them on Tuesday night. You can probably imagine that we got them on Wednesday night, of course, since that’s implied. But when? Was it right at 4 p.m., the beginning of our publication process? No. Was it right after dinner time? No. How dare I be so optimistic.

We did not get revisions in until 8:45 p.m. I was overjoyed that we actually got them, but until that time, I was fuming. I’m pretty sure everyone in the publication office was afraid of me. Actually, I know this for a fact; they very graciously took a “by all means!” attitude when I declared that I would most definitely be going to the Quickie to buy a pack of cigarettes, in spite of quitting and in spite of their support of my quitting. (Note: I didn’t end up getting cigarettes after all.)

I think that timeliness is important. Incredibly important. I blame this one on my family: they are always, perpetually 10 minutes late, so I am always, perpetually five minutes early. “On time” to me means five minutes early. So, when most people are actually “on time,” I’ll already consider them to be late.

But what I (re)learned from being crazy frustrated and forced to wait is that we cannot control everything. No one can. It’s a waste of time to think otherwise, because things almost always go wrong. In considering my creative writing process and even my movement process in dance, it’s essential to remember that things will change as I go, and I must change with them. Last Wednesday night, there was no way we could have gone without that story simply because we didn’t have it in. We had to keep our options open.

We, in the immortal words of Tim Gunn, had to make it work.

New year, new TKS, new blog

To make a long story short, web editors should never graduate. This is because some of them are uncommunicative, and then they forget who has administrative rights to the editors’ blog, and by the time someone comes along who wants to know that information, it is forever lost in the abyss. The solution? Make another one, but set it up as an institution. Create accounts for bloggers. Get them to use them. (Apologies to Tim Kasser for the unclear antecedents.) And never, ever give administrative rights to only one person.

So this is our new home, and this is your humble editor-in-chief speaking. Soon, though, it’ll be Charlie. And Chelsea. And, well, we don’t have any other people on staff whose names begin with Ch-, so my alliteration stops there. But there will be more variety: more stories, more rants, and more tales from the strange world of the publications office. (And, of course, more usage of the Oxford comma, because I’m not bound by AP style on this blog. Says who? Says me.)

Don’t go anywhere, dear reader, because there’s more: junior Jess Ranard will soon be blogging from Buenos Aires. Junior and former TKS photo editor Carina Tran will be sharing her images from Beijing. I’m determined to get a few Honors students to let us peak into the world of pursuing a year-long independent research project. I even met a guy after Carnival of Clubs yesterday who’s interested in starting a soccer blog.

Want to jump on the blogging bandwagon? Drop me a line at tks@knox.edu.

As always, your EIC,
Anna