Journalists on a Mission
Students Reinvent the Empire State Tribune
NEW YORK, September 2nd, 2011—In New York City, business moves fast. The most ambitious young adults in the world move at breakneck speed to make a difference. Creativity takes on life, and ideas become the successful organizations of tomorrow. It is this enthusiasm for creativity that inspired Tiffany Owens, Meagan Clark, and a group of like-minded students at The King’s College to reinvigorate the Empire State Tribune, the College’s student newspaper.
In 2010, sophomore Tiffany Owens revamped the college newspaper, recruiting a handful of excited first year students. This year, Meagan (pictured center), the newspaper’s new Editor-in-Chief, is picking up where Tiffany left off. A sophomore from Azle, TX studying Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, Meagan came to King’s in fall 2010 after Marvin Olasky, then Provost at The King’s College, recommended Meagan pursue print journalism at King’s rather than the University of Texas. Upon visiting King’s her senior year of high school, she immediately fell in the love with the vision of the college and an environment filled with students she describes as “intelligent and serious.”
Although not an entirely new organization at King’s, the Empire State Tribune has not always carried a single consistent identity. Earlier in its history, the newspaper was known as the “Student Voice,” only recently changing its name to the Empire State Tribune. At times, the newspaper struggled with consistency or lacked solid content. “The truth is,” Meagan said, “if we are to take the media seriously as a part of our mission, we need a competitive, functioning newspaper.”
Meagan is not alone in her vision for a professional caliber newspaper at The King’s College. Even before the start of the academic year, the Empire State Tribune grew to a lineup of almost 20 active members including writers, editors, advertising salesmen and technical staff. At NSO, 55 new students signed up for information, many of them with prior journalism experience.
Although the newspaper will carry the same name this year, Meagan is looking forward to making big changes. “In the past,” Meagan said, “the leadership seems to have viewed the student newspaper primarily as a tool to practice journalism. The mindset now is different from previous years. We want to view the paper as a business. The journalism experience will come naturally.” With a larger team of writers and editors and a greater division of tasks, Meagan hopes to increase the quality and consistency of the newspaper’s journalism.
The leadership at the Empire State Tribune is working on expanding in a variety of ways. Instead of producing an expensive weekly print edition of the news, the Tribune will post most of its content on their website, designed by King's student Nicole Bianchi, and print a weekly update flyer. Meagan said that another addition to the newspaper this year will be an anonymous weekly advice column. She is also excited because students who complete set requirements will also be eligible to receive academic credit. At the end of the year, Meagan said that success will come when there is “no doubt that there is a quality student paper at King’s.”
You can also connect with the Empire State Tribune on Facebook.
The King’s College educates students in the ideas upon which nations rise and fall. With a focused curriculum in the liberal arts tradition, students are prepared to help shape, and eventually to lead, the institutions of government, civil society, media, law, business, education, the arts, and the church. King’s is a Christian college located in the Empire State Building in New York City.
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