Letter from the editor: Summer storytelling for K-Staters


When I began my journey at Kansas State in 2016, I never thought I would hold a leadership position with the campus newspaper. I originally thought that only journalism students could write for the Collegian, and even then, I imagined they were all juniors, seniors and beyond.

That’s the beauty of the Collegian. We welcome student writers, photographers, designers and editors of all majors, all career interests and all levels of experience to work with us. If you have a passion for the truth, good storytelling, writing or so on, you might be a good fit for our team.

Since June 2017, I have served as the chief copy editor for the Collegian. In that time, our staff has covered serious issues like the KSUnite event and the various acts that led up to it. The Collegian has also established beat reporting for happenings in the student senate, Tuition Fees and Strategies Committee and the Privilege Fee Committee so that students can be informed of changes on campus.

Our coverage of campus news doesn’t stop in the summer. After the fire in Hale Library and the subsequent damages, we will report on the situation as it develops through the summer, and we are on our toes to cover other events in Manhattan as they occur.

Additionally, we not only want to inform and educate, but we also love sharing stories. These stories may not be “newsworthy,” but they touch our hearts and make us think about something new — an unforgettable proposal on the football field, an inside look at Pizza Shuttle, the release of a student-made album inspired by K-State and one student’s firsthand experience of a false missile alert in Hawaii.

With the debut of our new Arts & Culture desk, we hope to bring our readers more stories and perspectives on what’s going on in the Manhattan area this summer, plus articles on everything from good books to read to Kicker Country Stampede.

Lastly, as always, we accept responses from the community in the form of letters to the editor. If you have something to share, please visit our Letter to the Editor webpage or email letter@kstatecollegian.com to get in contact with our award-winning opinion editor and let your voice be heard.

Have a great summer, Wildcats.

Dene Dryden is the Collegian’s summer editor-in-chief and a junior in English. The views and opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Collegian. Please send comments to opinion@kstatecollegian.com.

I'm Dene Dryden, and I graduated in May 2020 with a Bachelor's of Arts in English. Before graduating, I worked at the Collegian for more than three years as a copy chief, managing editor and editor-in-chief. I also served a term on the Collegian Media Group Board of Directors. While at K-State, I also worked at Wildcat 91.1 FM. My cat Robyn is the light of my life, and I take compliments in the form of coffee.