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Where you read it first | Saturday, June 22, 2024

Letter from the Managing Board: With love to the Dailmunity

Journalism is a community practice, and we couldn’t have done it without you.

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The 88th Managing Board of The Tufts Daily is pictured.

To our readers,

As our tenure as managing board comes to a close, we wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on the semester. At every stage — from pitch to draft to print — journalism is a community practice. Over the past three months, more than 160 student writers, editors, videographers, podcasters, photographers and graphic designers have spent countless hours working to tell stories for and about you: the Tufts community.

The Daily would not exist if not for our devoted readership. Thank you for trusting us during the calm times and the calamitous ones; for asking us difficult questions and setting high standards; for sending op-eds and letters to the editor and for telling us when we need to do better. Every day, you remind us why we write, rewrite, fact-check, edit and publish. Your active engagement with our multimedia reporting helps us grow into more thoughtful, fair and fearless student journalists.

Inspired by our mission, we’ve strived to sustain the Daily as a hub of journalism education. We know that to learn is to do; that’s why we encourage staff to dive in from day one. Working from the same newsroom where we received our first edits, we’ve fostered a hands-on environment for the next generation of student journalists to learn the fundamentals of field reporting and develop specific passions as writers and artists.

Even though we’re the “managing” board, throughout this process we’ve been guided by you, our staff. You’ve broadened our perspectives, reminding us that quality work comes from tough conversations and that the status quo should never limit us. Even within a 43-year-old publication like the Daily, there’s always room for change.

Ultimately, the Daily is a student organization just as much as it is a newspaper. We are so grateful to our staff — from our newest members to our wonderful executive board — for coming on this journey with us. We saw you bud at DailyCon, bloom at the Hunt and flourish as confident storytellers. We were overjoyed to experience the bustle and buzz of the office each weeknight as we produced this newspaper together.

In times of consequential reporting, it’s easy to get caught up in the professional and lose sight of the personal. Managing the Daily is no simple feat, but it’s the Dailmunity that makes it a joyous one. Our greatest hope is not only that you feel proud of your work, but that you know you’re an integral part of this passionate collective.

Sincerely,

The 88th Managing Board of The Tufts Daily

Aaron Gruen, Henry Chandonnet, Kaitlyn Wells, Julia Carpi, Caroline Vandis, Olivia White and Ryan Sorbi

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