Letter from the editor: An update on Collegian coverage going forward, a promise

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K-State family,

These are trying times for everyone and college students are not immune. Life, it seems, has been put on hold while we wait for the threat of an invisible adversary to pass.

The university’s limited operations and online-only format planned for the rest of the semester has forced everyone to scramble to find solutions and find ways to continue to serve the student body during this time of uncertainty.

The Collegian staff — though unable to create a regular print paper for the rest of the academic year and unable to access our newsroom on campus while practicing social distancing — is still dedicated to doing our duty to the students of Kansas State.

As promised less than a week ago when the process of a campus shutdown began, the Collegian is committed to providing accurate and timely updates as information becomes available regarding the local impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and other important issues related to student life. That will not change.

Again, the decision to suspend print papers was not made lightly, but at this time it does not seem feasible nor appropriate to continue print production. When the fall semester begins on Monday, Aug. 24, I hope you will happily pick up our annual Back To School Guide.

In the meantime, the Collegian is relaunching its newsletter. What was previously a weekly email from the Collegian will now be a newsletter that appears in your inbox at noon every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to supplement our regular print schedule. Sign up for the newsletter here or on the Collegian website homepage.

As I noted in January when this semester was beginning, social media and technology, at its finest, connect us to each other in ways that were unthinkable less than 20 years ago. As a staff, the Collegian will continue to search for ways to best serve our mission as the independent voice of the student body, albeit remotely.

If you do not already, follow the Collegian on Twitter @kstatecollegian for regular updates. The Collegian will continue to accept news tips through news@kstatecollegian.com and letters to the editor via letters@kstatecollegian.com. As is always the case, news can be found at kstatecollegian.com.

This period of time is difficult, and it’s only the beginning of what is certain to be a tough road to recovery. At this time, I wish you all health and safety. Please, take care of yourselves and take care of each other.

Kaylie McLaughlin

My name is Kaylie McLaughlin and I'm the ex-managing editor and audience engagement manager of the Collegian. Previously, I've been the editor-in-chief and the news editor. In the past, I have also contributed to the Royal Purple Yearbook and KKSU-TV. Off-campus, you can find my bylines in the Wichita Eagle, the Shawnee Mission Post and KSNT News. I grew up just outside of Kansas City in Shawnee, Kansas. I’m a senior in digital journalism with a minor in French and a secondary focus in international and area studies. As a third-generation K-Stater, I bleed purple and my goal is to serve the Wildcat community with accurate coverage.