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.

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