Editorial: Establishing relationships
The importance of thorough coverage, objectivity
Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 13:09
In this issue, readers heard from Student Body President Bryan Merrill and Student Body Vice President Will McKernan not once, but three times. A reporter sat down with the pair early in the semester to discuss their accomplishments and goals, and then spoke with them about a Student Senate resolution proposal, before they, additionally, submitted a letter to address the UNH community.
This extensive communication from the leaders is not only representative of how they have indicated they plan on spending their year in their positions, but also of how The New Hampshire plans on covering their work. Merrill and McKernan have already been more ambitious and vocal than some of the past student leaders, and as a staff, The New Hampshire would like to reflect this in coverage of student senate meetings, proposals and related work.
With more changes being planned by Merrill and McKernan, students should be better informed so that they can establish their own opinions on the projects of their student representatives.
This objective of enhanced relationships is not limited to just these two leaders, Student Senate, and their respective work, but also applies to how TNH plans on establishing more thorough coverage of all student organizations. While The New Hampshire has always tried to very fairly cover these subjects, we aim to further our communications with Student Senate and all orgs this year.
The New Hampshire holds a unique position as a publication and student organization. As a student-run publication, we are in the position to promote the work of our fellow students, professors and the university. But we are also in the position to be critical of those same subjects.
However, remaining objective in all of our reporting – from the student body president’s work to university spending to student organizations’ plans – is still the primary goal. The establishment of better relationships with the above-mentioned groups does not reduce the importance of objectivity in any situation.
And while the objectives of The New Hampshire are very different from that of these student leaders, there are certainly similarities in our intentions. As McKernan said in the article referring to Student Senate, “Our job is to advocate for what students need, not what administration wants.”
In this way, the newspaper is here to serve the UNH community, just as the student body president and vice president are. The coverage of issues and events will not always please all in the community – including the student body president and vice president – but it may be what is needed.