To our readers: A letter from the editor
As editor in chief of The Setonian for this coming academic year, I want to thank you all for reading. Whether you are diving into our 16 page publication every Thursday as it comes off the press, or even if this is the first and last time you’ll open a copy, your participation means so much. The Setonian encourages feedback from our audience – faculty, administrators, students, parents, strangers on the web, etc.
However, something I often struggle with is the lack of understanding that rears its ugly head when members of the University community react angrily to our publication on misinformed pretenses.
As student journalists, we are not here to “stick it to the man” or perform our own agenda. We are not to demean administrators or certain student groups. We are not in the business of unfairly using information that is actually public by journalistic standards.
If something that is published has a typo, is entirely incorrect or contains another type of error, we as a staff know that it is our journalistic responsibility to correct the error and apologize to anyone involved. If something that is published is entirely true, no matter how scandalous or controversial, we as a staff will still stand behind it.
The Setonian has published errors before, and I certainly cannot promise a year devoid of any slip-ups under my direction. This is a new year, and as is custom, our standards are higher than ever. I am asking that those of you who may hold a grudge against our publication or who do not quite understand the function of a newspaper give us a chance.
Journalism serves many purposes. Admittedly, these purposes are not always properly carried out. Verified journalism serves the public’s right to know and can be a window for democracy. Even the relatively small audience of Seton Hall University needs journalism to properly function, but it is a two-way process.
That said, I have no apologies for responsible journalism.
Charlotte Lewis is a junior journalism major from Verona, NJ. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.