Katie Taylor, Editor in Chief; eic@miamioh.edu

To the Miami University community:

I would like to formally introduce myself, Katie Taylor, as the new Editor in Chief of The Miami Student. I find it fitting to address the audience in the publication I have committed myself to serving. I am a junior journalism major from Chicago with a love and passion for writing. Coming in my first year at Miami I had no idea what I wanted to do, or where I would find my self as college went on. The only thing I was sure of was I wanted to create something, and The Miami Student proved to be the place to start.

I have been reporting, editing, managing writers and learning more about the Miami community ever since I began my journey with The Miami Student, and there was no going back for me. The Miami Student is currently in a transition period. In the media-saturated world we live in, it is no longer acceptable to have our audience wait for a paper to come out every Tuesday and Friday to get the news. My hope is to make the changes necessary to send the paper in the right direction. The first change will be transforming Miamistudent.net into a steady news source that students, staff, faculty, alumni and the community can rely on. I hope to someday see The Miami Student website on the computer screen of the people sitting next to me in my classes on a regular basis, be it in the form of words, pictures, videos or audio.

That being said, the transformation taking place will not be an easy one; it will not occur overnight. The Miami Student needs your help. If you enjoy writing, photography, filmmaking or web design, even with no newsroom experience, take this opportunity for what it is-a chance to be a part of something big.

In my years working for The Miami Student, I have seen what it is and I have seen what it can be. As the Editor in Chief, I can guide its growth, but I cannot make it happen on my own.

Whether you are a journalism major or not, working for a student-run publication provides beneficial experience for any career path-not to mention it looks brilliant on a resume.

For those of you who think you lack the time or skills required to get involved, you are wrong. Helping The Miami Student can be as simple as sending an email with any comments, concerns or suggestions you have. The Miami Student staff is interested in what you have to say. It’s about time we let you do some of the talking.

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