To The Shorthorn staff:
Today’s the first day of classes for the spring semester, and I want to wish you a great start to 2013. Because resolutions are in the air, this is a great time to resolve to be a good student and student journalist this semester. Tips:
- Resolve to go to class and keep up with your assignments. Even when you’re tired, grumpy, behind in a subject area — showing up is 90 percent of anything in life. Don’t skip class for any reason. If you haven’t already, put all your assignments on a calendar today. (Google calendars will send you an alert when things are due.)
- Resolve to do the same for work at The Shorthorn. Your work as a student journalist is a real job. We aren’t a club or organization, and you are paid for the work you produce. Resolve to show up. There will be good days and not-so-good days. The odds for good days are much better when you do what you are supposed to do.
- Resolve to stay healthy. Get some hand sanitizer. People are gross, even in college. Flu season started early and looms over our campus. Protect yourself by getting rest, eating well and washing your hands. If you are sick, get an editor on the phone to let them know. We want you well.
- Resolve to read. Read everything: your textbooks, all of The Shorthorn‘s stories, the daily critique (posted here and on the bulletin board near Beth’s office), the Star-Telegram (free in the UC near Starbucks), news websites, magazines, fliers on bulletin boards, people’s T-shirts … the more you know, the better journalist and student you will be. Intimidating? OK, pick ONE news organization outside of The Shorthorn (that’s a requirement) and read it each day. The best writers are readers.
- Resolve to talk to strangers. No, not characters lurking in shadows in Places You Shouldn’t Be. Talk to people you don’t know well in your classes, on your beat, at activities fairs and other events — your coverage extends as far as you allow it, and the more you talk to people who aren’t just like you, the more you’ll grasp who your audience is and what it cares about.
- Resolve to have fun. I think that speaks for itself.
Folks, you got us off to a great start last week during orientation. Good luck this week. If you’re not sure what you’re supposed to be doing today or this week, that’s OK — just ask your editors. Can’t find them? I’ll help out.
Have a great day of classes!