Looking Back, Looking Forward

After many late nights and too many staff meetings, we’ve reached our final issue of the semester. If you’ll pardon the self-indulgence, we’d like to take a look back at the semester. In our first issue, we promised we’d deliver greater coverage of all the Claremont Colleges and spread investigative reporting throughout our paper. We think that we’ve made significant progress on both of these fronts, but we also know that one of the reasons we’ve been able to succeed this semester is the cooperation of our community members. So don’t think we’re simply looking backward—we want to keep improving, and we know we can’t do it without you.

As promised, we’ve devoted more of our resources and our pages to the entire consortium than ever before. The days of TSL reporting only on Pomona College for Pomona College are over. This semester, we’ve run front-page articles on every one of the undergraduate Claremont Colleges. We’ve given equal space and attention to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps sports, too. And while we hope we’ve made our commitment to 5C coverage very visible, those of you who are unconvinced are welcome to take a look into our office: Next semester, for the first time, TSL’s editor-in-chief will be a Claremont McKenna College student. (Congratulations to Caroline Bowman!)

Meanwhile, we’ve also incorporated the techniques of investigative reporting and writing into more of our stories than we have in the past to provide more thorough and engaging articles that seek the truth. The most prominent among those articles have been those in which our reporters examined sexual assault reporting policies and mental health services—but none of our investigations would have been possible without the willingness of students, faculty, staff, and community members to speak up. To all who agreed to grant us interviews on these sensitive topics, we offer our most sincere thanks.

And we’d like to extend that gratitude to the individuals who shared their stories in our Opinions section as well. We recognize the bravery that publishing personal narratives and heartfelt calls to action can require, and we are honored that we’ve been able to provide a platform for these voices. We hope that in the future, we can continue to be a welcoming place for all members of the Claremont community to make their voices heard.

Although we do make mistakes, we are always striving to provide the most comprehensive, accurate, and impartial coverage of the place that we collectively call home. We can’t do that without the help of the whole community, and we hope that when TSL returns in the fall, we can count on your cooperation. Your voices make this newspaper what it is, and we urge you to speak up any time you feel that we aren’t getting it right. As we stated three months ago: We are—and will always be—ready to listen. Email editor@tsl.pomona.edu to be heard.