It’s been said that time flies when you’re having fun, and I’ve never found this to be more true than during my three years here at The Reporter. There have been some rocky moments, for sure (managing budgets can be a real pain), but I can honestly say without a doubt that my time here has been a great learning experience and is as valuable to me as anything I’ve ever learned in a classroom. Of course, I couldn’t possibly reflect on my time here without mentioning all the wonderful people I’ve been fortunate enough to meet. Without them, The Reporter would not be the paper you’re currently holding before you and I’d like to take a moment to thank them for all their hard work and everything they’ve done to help make this newspaper the best it can be.
First off, I’d like to thank my predecessors Schuyler Houtsma and Rae Frame for teaching me the ins-and-outs of editorial work and for showing me what it means to be a good leader. I’m not quite sure if I’ve lived up to their legacies during my time as EiC, but I learned a great deal from them and I know that neither I nor The Reporter itself would have made it this far without their leadership and guidance.
Of course, a newspaper is only as good as the staff behind it and the same is true for The Reporter. This year we’ve had what I believe to be one of the finest teams to ever pass through these doors and without their hard work and dedication, this little newspaper would not be the publication it is now. I’d like to thank our section editors, Nicole Schmidt, Tommy Wiita, and Gabe Hewitt, as well as our entire team of staff writers and copy editors, for all their hard work and their commitment to increasing the quality of content in The Reporter. I firmly believe we’ve been publishing some of our best editions in recent years and none of this would have been possible without them.
In addition, I’d like to thank our Ad Manager, Mark Mitchell, and the entire advertising staff for all their hard work and dedication too. Not everyone is as approachable or as skilled in business as they are, and they have more than proven their capabilities while here at The Reporter. As I’ve said so many times already, this paper would not be what it is today without all the time and hard work they’ve put into it.
I’d also like to thank our full-time staff, Jane Tastad and Dana Clark. They have made the Reporter office a fun and welcoming place for all of our students and they truly are the heart and soul of this place. Thank you both for all that you have done and continue to do.
In my eyes, this year has seen one of the greatest teams to ever work at The Reporter, but by no means will that end here and we have another great team waiting in the wings for next year. In the driver’s seat this time will be Gabe Hewitt as EiC, who has proven he has the passion and skill to lead this paper to even greater heights. Alissa Thielges will be taking over as News Editor to bring you up to speed on all the great events and activities happening around campus. Caleb Holldorf is jumping into the A&E seat to bring you all the previews, reviews, and other coverage related to the arts and entertainment here at MNSU and in the Greater Mankato community. Our resident Sports Editor Tommy Wiita will also be returning to help you keep up with everything related to Maverick Athletics. And Travis Meyer will be heading up another amazing sales team in the advertising department as Ad Manager. To the entire 2017-2018 Reporter team, I wish you all the best. You’re going to do great things.
Finally, I’d like to thank you, the reader. Without you there is no purpose to The Reporter, no reason for being. Our existence has been called into question a few times during my time here, but our interactions with the student body and the amount of comments and feedback we receive after every issue have proven to me that there IS still a great deal of value in this little newspaper and a need for it on this campus. Thank you to the entire student body and to all the staff and faculty who are willing to take just a few moments out of their day to read our paper. It’s because of you that we’ve been able to keep these doors open since 1928. I hope that with your support, The Reporter can continue to serve the MNSU campus for many years to come. Thank you.
Matthew Eberline, Editor in Chief