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Another year, another rough start

Posted on September 04, 2011 by Paul Koenig in Letter From The Editor

Editor-in-Chief Paul Koenig

It was going to be different this year, I told myself. All the editors were returning, and we had the whole summer to prepare. The first few issues would be planned out before school started. Easy. We would have new students lining up to start working for us. Somehow it didn’t work out.

Koenig: Responding to online critics

Posted on May 11, 2011 by Paul Koenig in Letter From The Editor, Perspectives

Executive Editor Paul Koenig stresses over unpreparedness at start of the school year.

We’ve received largely negative comments online for the recent column by Elijah Miller, “Ladies you’re either with me or UGG-ainst me.” I’m glad critics have visited our website and Facebook page to point out where they feel, strongly in many instances, that we screwed up. It’s also worth pointing out that this reaction has not been universal; some readers appreciated Miller’s stab at satirizing male chauvinism. We appreciate readers using the comments section for all reactions, positive and negative, in response to what we publish.

Revamping The Free Press newsroom

Posted on April 03, 2011 by Paul Koenig in Letter From The Editor, Perspectives

Do you read any websites that only update once a week? How about one that takes a three week break with school vacations? Well if you read our website then you do.

The Free Press has improved the last couple semesters, but our online effort is still lacking.

A low tolerance for highbrow snobs

Posted on March 11, 2011 by Paul Koenig in Letter From The Editor, Perspectives

I hate NPR. OK change that. I hate some people who love NPR — specifically those who think that because NPR is tuned to their presets, they’re better than others who prefer the generic top-40 pop station. I hate you if you’re washed over with warm smugness when Robert Siegal’s voice flows into your ears. […]

Maybe I’d start a riot, if I had the time

Posted on February 14, 2011 by Paul Koenig in Letter From The Editor, Perspectives

The other day I asked a friend what I should write my impending letter from the editor about. “Egypt,” he said. I told him I hadn’t been paying attention to it enough because I spent all of my free time last week working on a finance project to avoid falling further behind. Then it hit […]

Taking cues from a party metal band

Posted on February 07, 2011 by Paul Koenig in Letter From The Editor, Perspectives

This week I decided to deviate from my routine of only writing straightforward news stories and instead wrote about a party metal band, WARANIMAL and their rad beach party show at SPACE Gallery a couple weekends ago. As executive editor, I can write and publish whatever I want, with only my desire to run a […]

USM shouldn’t offer Coddling 101

Posted on January 31, 2011 by Paul Koenig in Letter From The Editor, Perspectives

A professor of mine last semester spent each class reading his slide show to us. The tests were based on the slides, which were online, so there was no point in going to class, besides to sign the attendance sheet. I nearly slept through all the classes and never took notes. I got an A. […]

We should write what students want to read

Posted on December 06, 2010 by Paul Koenig in Letter From The Editor

When I started writing sports for The Free Press last fall, I had no I idea I would be executive editor a year and a half later. But here I am now, and I need your help. I don’t know if it’s a flaw of mine or just human nature, but I have an intense […]

The Free Press: A laboratory, a clubhouse, a launch pad

Posted on December 05, 2010 by Dan MacLeod in Letter From The Editor

This could be considered a cautionary tale. Two years ago, I was working at the gym on the Portland campus, leafing through a copy of The Free Press. I remember thinking, “there sure are a lot of errors in this paper.” I had been looking for a way to break into reporting and the student […]

Journalism, like democracy, needs your voice

Posted on November 08, 2010 by Dan MacLeod in Letter From The Editor

I’ve been trying to write a paper for an economics class for the past three weeks. The assignment: Define democracy in three pages and critique two other definitions. It’s a three-page paper. It should not be a big deal. I’ve agonized over it. I’ve put it off, marinated in the work of great thinkers, watched […]