Letters signal new beginnings (part 1)

When I decided to apply for a staff position at The Famuan, the act was sort of routine. When the classes open each semester, I usually create my schedule to have some “Famuan time” in there. This student-run newspaper has a staff of nearly 30 people working behind it to make sure journalistic values and ethics are satisfied.

Spending almost seven hours a day with my peers to pump out a newspaper and an online version is definitely a treat.

We have developed such a family atmosphere that some former students return on a daily basis.

All these experiences are said just to show you the dedication, commitment and loyalty we have to you, the student-body.

Also, we have the same allegiances to interested writers. Come to layouts on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 7 p.m. in the convergence area to see how we create this masterpiece.

We want to be your first source of news for your university. We want you to tell us any pressing issues that you think should be published in The Famuan.

A percentage of your student tuition supports the newspaper, which is why we have a goal of giving you the best journalism online and in print.

This year, we are publishing physical newspapers twice a week and once online on Fridays. Of course this may bring tears to the eyes of some devoted “Famuan readers,” but don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world.

In fact, our multimedia team will give you breaking news stories as soon as they are confirmed. Our editors have been encouraged to give writers not only a pen and a notepad, but a digital camera, video camera and voice recorder to bring along on an interview.

According to Nielsen Online for the Newspaper Association of America, nearly 35.9 percent or 70.3 million Internet Users in the US have visited a newspaper website in June.

We are finally catching up with the digital age and it feels great! Each editor has a Twitter account, we have videos to accompany stories and photo galleries in case you missed your photo-op on The Set.

We are ready and we want you to join us on www.thefamuanonline.com. Also come visit us in the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication and don’t be a stranger. Remember, we’re a family looking to expand