Every week I read every article in your paper two or three times.
I’ve done so for the last three years—ever since I started there as copy editor. At first it was just a job in something I was good at. I’d never read The Medium. It didn’t have anything to offer me, because this campus didn’t have anything going on.
But to edit an article you have to pay attention to it, and so as I worked, I gradually absorbed this paper. And one day it hit me that I now know so much more UTM—what we’re thinking about, who we are, what movies we’re watching, what services our money goes to, who plays our sports.
But I realized I could never have cared about any of this before I read so much about it. You only care about any of these things once you know about it in the first place.
Part of why I now enjoy reading the paper so much is, as Guy Allen (the director of our professional writing program) put it to me this way: the quality of The Medium fluctuates each year depending on who’s doing it. And for the last few years we’ve had an incredible streak of talent and interest going into this paper.
Even more amazing is that all of us do it with such dedication even though, sadly, people still don’t know what there is to know.
All the writers and editors put a lot into this paper, but we also get something out of it. It’s not the money—after all, most of us are volunteers. It’s the chance to take part, both in the give and the take, in documenting the heart and soul of this campus.
At least, that’s what it is to me.