Dear readers,The staff is back! The National College Media Convention in New Orleans was a blast and all of us are excited to apply our new insights toward making the Mace & Crown better than ever! Being able to see other student publications – their styles and ways of operating – gave us a good view on what we’re doing right and what we can do to improve.We learned everything from how to report better news, how to promote and manage our website, how to tighten our production cycle and even what our personality types are and how others perceive them. Among other things, we gained valuable insight into the industry of professional journalism and media. Broadcasters, writers and educators from all over the country shared their stories with us eager students, showing us what it takes to make it in an evermore competitive and demanding field.Albeit weary from our travels, we have returned with renewed ambition.Our first step is recruiting new members. Our small staff makes it difficult to create our ideal product. I may sound like a broken record in these letters, but we desperately need more writers. Come to our meetings in the U-Center, Webb 1051 on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. and find out what you can do to become a writer and get published! This is a great opportunity for all majors; especially English and communications majors who need to develop a portfolio before applying for jobs.Our goal is to have a staff large enough to assign beats, or specific topic areas for coverage. We even hope to pay our writers soon. If this hope comes to fruition, we will be able to have consistent Student Government Association updates, crime reporting, student organization coverage and more!What you may have also noticed is a change in our design. The convention was quite the eye-opener for our gifted graphic designer, Jonathan Kwok, and he is eager to begin experimenting with different styles and techniques to make the Mace & Crown a spectacular experience for our readers.Moreover, New Orleans is a magnificent city with so much to do and see. The people are great and food is even greater! I’m sure all of us have returned heavier than we left. Check out our photo section toward the back of the paper to catch a glimpse of our experience.