From the Editor’s Desk: New ed board takes the reins
Greetings. My name is Jeremy Bauer-Wolf and I am the newly elected Editor-in-Chief of The Towerlight.
First and foremost, I’d like to extend my thanks to the former editorial board. I could not have survived my two years as Arts and Life Editor without their continual nagging and harsh treatment of my writing.
I fully attribute my skills as a writer and a journalist to the Towerlight’s staff—but also, of course, the dedicated professionals in the mass communication department.
I would especially like to acknowledge my predecessor, Lauren Slavin, as I feel she served as a remarkable example, mentor and best friend.
A little of my background—I have been with the Towerlight since my freshman year (2009). I don’t recall why I stumbled into the office, but I remember my intention was to be a photographer. I had no journalistic experience, nor did I want to gain any.
I was an English major, for god sakes, why would I need any other skill? But upon writing my first article for the news section, and subsequently another, and another, I fell in love with the art. Journalism is truly an art form. I transferred to Arts and Life, where for the next two years I busied myself in expanding the section as I saw fit.
And now, approaching my senior year, I have realized my aspirations to expand the entire paper.
I have observed during my tenure with the paper that a stigma exists—that the Towerlight tends to dramatize, or the term more frequently used—“sensationalize.”
The idea being that sensationalistic stories, by foregoing accuracy, results in news that public will follow or discuss, or has some sort of impact on the University.
In my time at The Towerlight, I’ve seen journalism breathe life into unbelievable stories of students.
Journalism allows you to feel for others, know details about their lives that otherwise would go unnoticed—it allows you to empathize. That brand of journalism is the type I’m passionate about, and what I intend to share with you.
I have seen an article rally a community in mourning, highlight astonishing artistic talent, call into question policy, and most importantly, spark critical debates. Sensationalism should not be confused with news that has impact.
Entering the last four issues of the semester, and throughout the 2012-2013 academic year, I would like you to assist my staff and I.
Help us generate news that has impact.
If you have an event you’d like covered, or know of an important movement or incident on campus, contact us.
Stop by the office in University Union 309 or submit a form through thetowerlight.com.
Email email@example.com. We can’t ensure coverage, but we will always consider your ideas.
I’m looking forward to working with you, Towson.