We’ve had an exciting (and challenging) time seeing Arthur Newspaper through the last year, but we aren’t completely exhausted yet! We’ve learned a lot this past year and are seeking re-election to the editorship for Volume 56.
If there was a theme for Volume 55, it would be innovation. We spent a lot of time this year re-imagining the newspaper in virtual space. A year later, we feel confident in Arthur’s ability to provide an accessible and reliable platform for various kinds of media across the internet and on social media.
If we are entrusted with the editorship for Volume 56, we want to focus more on mentorship. There are a lot of ways that Arthur has been altered to adapt over the past year, and we want to spend the next year prioritizing mentorship so that there are resources available to whoever is going to take the reins after our time here is over! This will include revamping Arthur’s training resources for Staff, to include in-depth interview training, a journalistic ethics primer, how to write an article from pitch to publish, professional development and how to be a person on the internet.
Much has happened at Arthur since we took the helm last June! Here are a few of the highlights:
These successes are as a result of hard work and dedication of countless people who endeavoured not only to keep Arthur going during year one of a global pandemic, but sought to use this moment to bring about big changes for this small press. We want to maintain this momentum as we launch into Vol. 56!
Looking forward, there are a few areas of Arthur’s operations that we want to expand next year:
Arthur is an organization fundamentally tied to the turnover in undergraduate students. With a focus on mentorship we’ll make sure that the next editor(s) are ready for the mammoth task of running this organization, and have the confidence to be creative and explore all that Arthur is capable of.
We want to spend the next year investing our time and resources into teaching the next generation of student journalists how to tell the stories that matter most to their community. We know that Arthur plays an important role in Peterborough-Nogojiwanong’s media landscape, and we believe that mentorship is key to Arthur’s longevity.
Nick Taylor and Brazil Gaffney-Knox
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