Back to the grind

“Syllabus Week” is over. The first two editions of the paper have been sent to the printers and Beyonce caused a power outage. The first week of a semester can be stressful, add in a campus publication, a flurry of meetings and starting the plans for a 56-page edition of said publication; well you’ve got a mess.

A wonderful, hot mess. Today the office was stressful, but you know, that’s how it goes in student media sometimes. You have to roll with the punches, or in my case the pronoun-antecedent non-agreements and the Oxford commas.

Red ink got all over my hand after a particularly rough article edit.
Red ink got all over my hand after a particularly rough article edit.

It comes with the territory. I know what I’m getting into every week. Tuesdays at 5 p.m. I’m in Meredith Hall 124 for the night. I bring my supper. I make a pot of coffee and just wait. I wait for the pages to come in. The questions to be asked and the pens to be thrown at my desk (my telltale sign of frustration). As frustrating as it can be I wouldn’t trade my time in that office for the world. The friendships I’ve made over the past three years and the bonds I’m creating are consistently surprising. The people you meet in student media are some of the nicest, most sarcastic and real people you’ll meet during your college career.

I’m thankful for the people I have in my newsroom. They’re the ones who make fun of me for having a red pen explode on me and get all over my hand. They’re the ones who make the late nights worth it.

With my semester jam-packed with 16 credits and the pending Relays Edition induced stress binge I couldn’t be more thankful for my fellow editors and reporters.

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The editorial that never ran

Well, I’ve finished a year of being the editor-in-chief of the Drake University newspaper, The Times-Delphic. It’s been a long process, but I’ve loved it. I’ll write a full reflection later this week, but for now, my post will be an editorial I wrote for the end of this semester that never got published, and well, I can’t put it on the publication’s website because it’s down at the moment (I knocked it offline to redo the design/do some maintenance). I wrote this for the last issue of the semester, but as it came to be, we didn’t have enough room (our ads team sold a lot of ads). Anyway, I didn’t want it take up space in our DropBox folder anymore so I decided to just post it here.

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Are you ready?

This summer has been an intense one for me. It started with being an Orientation Leader for the incoming first-year students. Then, as soon as I finished my duties there, I began the intense work of restructuring The Times-Delphic.

I have never been more excited to start my school year. Last year was more than I could handle. I was thrown into a position I had not transitioned into, nor anticipated being in until well…right now. Media-wise, my sophomore year was tough. For awhile, I never thought I was going to be where I am right now.

I’m Lauren Horsch, and I’m the editor-in-chief of The Times-Delphic. I’ve been saying that for months now, but truly, now, it hits me more than ever. I’ve never felt more sure of myself while still having so many questions left. How is this year going to go? Can we accomplish all of our goals? What are our goals? Is campus going to be receptive to the changes I’ve made to the publication? Is the staff going to handle the changes?

It’s a lot to think about. But as the start of school nears, I’m sure of what I’m doing. The paper has been redesigned. The handbook has been drafted and is waiting for approval. Meetings have been scheduled. Story ideas have been generated and the staff is almost ready.

And I’m ready. That’s important right?

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The 5 things student editors will need to get through until deadline

It’s the week from hell — That’s right, the week before The Times-Delphic Relays Edition comes out. The monster of a 56-page issue is always a scary task to take on. With one week until the edition hits stands at Drake University, it’s crunch time for me and the rest of the staff in Meredith 124. To get through the week, I’m going to have to rely on a lot of things, but today, I’m compiling the top 5 things that will get me through this week (or any other week I have intense deadlines):

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