As a recent editor-in-chief of The Argus, the student paper at Illinois Wesleyan University down I-74, I know better than most the intense effort and thought that TKS staff has surely put into their publication over the past year.
It’s ironic that Mr. Ratzel attempted to critique TKS last week, of all weeks. I have just returned from attending the Illinois College Press Association annual conference in Chicago with the staff of TKS, where I was fortunate enough to pick up the Feb. 18th issue. Knox’s newspaper won first place in the General Excellence category in their division—besting us at the Argus, among many others, and proving their integrity.
That’s only the most prestigious of the awards that TKS brought back to Galesburg. If Mr. Ratzel’s self-important letter was intended to be some sort of hyperbole, he has failed to exaggerate enough to make that purpose clear. As it stands, his words simply make him seem vacuous for criticizing a publication that many professional journalists just recently singled out as a cut above the rest in college news.
I hope that, in whatever other endeavors Mr. Ratzel has undertaken since his graduation (alongside my sister Hannah) two years ago, he has chosen his words with more prudence than he demonstrated in last week’s letter. Congratulations to TKS for a job well done. We’ll meet again next year at ICPA.
Illinois Wesleyan University, ‘10
Editor in chief 2009-2010, The Argus