The year that was, the year that is and the year that will be

Sir Isaac Brock Statue - Brock University

As the school year nears the end and exams come around the corner, it’s time for reflection and a time to look forward. The 2016/2017 academic year has been an up and down roller coaster.

Brock University as an entire institution has seen some good times and some not-so-good times. For students, every year is a whirlwind and this one was no different. Even here at The Brock Press, we’ve had our good and bad times.

This was my third year working for The Brock Press, but my first as Editor-in-Chief — and what a first year it was. Yes, I will be returning for a second.

First off, I need to give a round of applause to the staff here, from our editors to photographers, and even our distribution team. As your student newspaper, everyone worked hard all year around and I’ve seen amazing growth from everyone on staff.

Secondly, I want to keep our readers (the students and Brock community) informed of some of the changes I want to bring to The Brock Press for my second year.

I can wholeheartedly say; I wasn’t ready for my first year as Editor-in-Chief. One of the first things I was told back in May was, ‘prepare yourself, because once September comes you’ll be going at full speed’.

Of course, I didn’t listen, and this being a weekly campus newspaper, we were going above the speed limit. However, I did learn, grow and come to realize the direction we as a student newspaper need to go.

So, moving forward, we will be combining our Campus News and External News sections together to create one big News section. This section will also include any Business and Technology news.

This change will not only create a larger news team, but will allow us to trend back to focusing on the ‘campus’ part of being a campus newspaper. We want to bring our readers the top stories around Brock and the local Niagara region. It’s time we got away from writing about National and International news that you can find from the major news outlets around the world and begin to bring back the investigative journalism Brock students need and deserve.

We will also be moving the Health section over to Sports, creating a Sports & Health section. These few changes will also allow for us to add a couple more on-campus student jobs and enhance some of our top sections by creating a larger team.

My personal goal and vision, that I plan to pitch to our 2017/2018 team, is to become a much more Brock oriented newspaper — as we should be. It’s time The Brock Press brought top notch and factual news along with investigative pieces.

In a time when people are disregarding journalism and it’s easy to call things ‘fake news’, we as The Brock Press team need to do our part for our readers.

The Brock Press brought some top news stories around Brock this past year. Next years’ first could be the announcement of a new President, or even the possibility of a second referendum following the failed U-Pass referendum this year.

One thing we don’t expect to cover next year is another potential strike.

It has been a fun year. We aren’t quite done as our April 4 issue, and the final one of the year, will be a special Canada 150 issue. One of the many ways The Brock Press will continue to stay unique and engaging for our readers.

For the entire team, here at The Brock Press, I want to thank everyone for reading and following along for the year.

You can continue to follow The Brock Press throughout the summer on Facebook, Twitter (@TheBrockPress), Instagram (TheBrockPress) and on our website


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