Letter from the editors: Student journalists for student readers

Rafael Garcia and DeAundra Allen, The Collegian co-editors-in-chief, pose for a photo in Manhattan, Kan. on Aug 20, 2017. (Justin Wright | The Collegian)

Our names are DeAundra Allen and Rafael Garcia, and we are the co-editors-in-chief for the Collegian this semester. On behalf of all the staff, we would like to welcome you back for another semester here at Kansas State University.

As the student newspaper of K-State, the Collegian serves two purposes: we serve the student body by looking for stories that entertain, inform and educate, and we serve student journalists by providing an outlet for them to practice and hone their journalistic skills.

In the past we have reported on serious topics, such as the Title IX issues faced by the university, the tragic Founder’s Hill and Dusty Bookshelf fires and the ongoing discussions surrounding the university budget and student tuition.

We’ve also reported on less serious topics, such as the Dr. Pepper fountain donated to a student and the memorial service held for a squirrel last spring.

All of these stories would not have been possible without the work and dedication of student journalists. The Collegian, as part of its second purpose, works to train students to be exemplary storytellers.

Of course, no student comes to K-State completely ready to write for a college newspaper, and even we as editors struggle with writer’s block at times. That is one of the biggest misconceptions students have regarding the Collegian — that we require extensive reporting and interviewing experience. That could not be further from the truth.

Additionally, we don’t typically require weekly commitments from our staff. You choose which stories you want to write and how often. Collegian editors are also more than willing to hear your ideas for stories and will help refine them into publishable stories.

The Collegian welcomes writers, photographers, copy editors and staffers of all experience levels. We work to help all of our staff learn and develop their skills. If you or anyone you know is interested in working for the Collegian, please email us at collegian@kstatecollegian.com or stop by Kedzie 116 to talk to an editor.

Once again, welcome to K-State, and we hope you have a great semester.

DeAundra Allen, junior in public relations
Rafael Garcia, junior in print journalism

I'm DeAundra Allen, co-editor-in-chief and sports editor at the Collegian. I'm a junior in broadcast journalism and pre-law, with a minor in philosophy. I was born in Brighton, Colorado, home of La Placita and the Bulldogs. I moved to Kansas in 2010, and fell in love with press boxes at a young age. In my spare time, I talk about my pets, sports, and work towards going to law school.