I’ve spent three wonderful years at Indiana Wesleyan University, and I’ve learned more than I can ever write in an academic paper or fill in an oval on a test. I believe this is because one of the things IWU does best is give students hands-on experience that prepares us for the real world, whatever that is. In order to continue preparing students this well, practices at this school need to stay up to date with what students will experience upon graduation.
Simply put, as the “real world” changes, IWU has to change with it.
More than anything else, The Sojourn is about teaching students how to excel in their trade. This is the same way clinicals teach nursing students how to care for patients and IWU Biz teaches business students how to manage a company.
But nursing students wouldn’t practice an old procedure, and business students wouldn’t employ an outdated model, so why would The Sojourn do the journalistic equivalent?
Unfortunately, we feel like that’s what we’ve been doing recently. But this year, in a time of new leadership and transition, is the right year to change the way we operate with the future in mind.
That’s why The Sojourn is excited to shift our focus in a way we believe follows where the industry is going, so we can better train students.
Effective immediately, we’re switching to an online-first mentality. The physical paper that we’ve come to know and love isn’t going away, but it will be published on an every-other-Thursday basis as we devote more time to fast and accurate journalism online.
We want to be clear in our reasons for this change. It has nothing to do with budget issues. It has everything to do with keeping up with the times and meeting people where they’re at.
News in 2013 isn’t broken when someone picks up a newspaper; people get their headlines immediately on Twitter and Facebook, and that’s where we’re dedicating our efforts. We’ll work hard to bring you the most newsworthy stories from IWU’s campus and beyond as they happen.
So let’s talk. I’m always open to feedback about the paper or just to meet over coffee at McConn. If you and I haven’t met yet, let’s change that.
After three great years at IWU, I’m excited for one more and all the opportunities, challenges, and adventures I know it will bring. And I’m particularly excited for one last chance to serve the community I love through The Sojourn.