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| November 27, 2014

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Letter from the Editor

Readers of the Mace & Crown,

We hope everyone enjoyed the special edition Halloween paper. We included many spooky stories for those who indulge in the haunted holiday.

The Mace & Crown editorial board attended the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in Chicago where each member of the staff learned skills tailored to their specific job at the school paper. The Associate Collegiate Press (ACP) and College Media Association (CMA) host the yearly gathering of professional journalists, academic advisors, and journalism students from across the country. In attendance was eight Mace & Crown editorial board members.

The convention consists of four days of hour-long sessions on topics from deadlines to design layouts. Around 2,000 college journalists attend 283 sessions while in the windy city. The members in attendance were Alyssa Narvell, Ben Decowski, Derek Page, Megan Stamper, James Porter, Steven Knauer and me.

At the convention we learned many things to improve the paper. We are publishing a new comic in the sundry section. We hope that our readers can find them funnier than previous comic strips.

We are also improving the look of the CAA score corner. The information will be arranged in a format that is easier to comprehend. We will also attach the breakdown of the scores with the stories.

On our website, we are starting to do a weekly podcast. Sean Burke will run it along with Steven Knauer and you can tune in at our website’s multimedia page. Additionally, our website has been upgraded to allow every article to be downloaded as a PDF and print friendly.

The Mace is also in the process of moving stands to the dorms located on campus. We want to increase the number of our readers by placing them closer to places of residence.

From Tuesday Nov. 6 until Thanksgiving break we will be collecting canned goods to donate to a local charity. We will have a box in front of our office if you would like to donate your canned goods. Any non-perishable goods will be accepted.

I would also like to congratulate Ellison Gregg. He has been selected as the new photography editor. He will run the photography section and manage the photographers on staff. I would like to welcome him to the staff. He will be a great fit.

The Mace & Crown meets every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. in the U-Center located across from the Card Center in Webb. We welcome anyone who has a passion for reading, writing, editing and photography.

If you wish to advertise with the Mace & Crown please contact James Porter at advertising@maceandcrown.com. He can supply information on advertising costs and the classified section.

Megan Jefferson

Editor in Chief

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