Like most college students within the class of 2024, I started my time as a Stanford scholar on-line, dwelling not in my dorm room however my bed room. In the course of the early phases of the pandemic, it was The Every day that originally sure me to Stanford. It was an island in a sea of Zoom rooms and Canvas posts.
At the moment, I understood The Every day to be merely a membership. It was a spot to make pals and achieve this whereas reporting the information.
However I shortly discovered that The Every day is a lot greater than only a scholar group. Not like practically another student-run operation on campus, The Every day is its personal enterprise — a fully-independent California public profit company with 501(c)(3) standing.
That independence was solidified a half-century in the past this month, and we’ve created a particular version of The Every day, which you will discover in print throughout campus, to commemorate our journey since then. At The Every day, we worth our independence. It permits us to dive fearlessly into tales of nice threat and significance. It offers us the liberty to outline our personal journalistic and enterprise goals, develop and study, and enhance. For as a lot as The Every day’s mission is journalistic, it is usually instructional. Many staffers enter The Every day having by no means written journalism earlier than and graduate to work on the high newsrooms on this planet.
Our place as an unbiased scholar newspaper is exclusive in that each one of our employees are direct members of the neighborhood we report on. We sit throughout from our readers at eating halls. They’re classmates in our programs and hallmates in our dorms. Our readers are our professors, our directors, our dad and mom and our alums. Once we inform a narrative nicely, it has the chance to get the individuals round us pondering, to show heads and begin conversations. And if we inform a narrative poorly, it’s our personal neighborhood we might harm; the one we care about so dearly, for it’s our personal.
At The Every day, we don’t take the accountability of reporting on our personal neighborhood flippantly. To be absolutely ingrained inside the Stanford neighborhood places us nearer to the tales we inform, but it surely additionally means there may be extra strain to do an amazing job telling them. On the threat of being cliché, I really feel inclined to cite the primary version of The Every day, then referred to as “The Every day Palo Alto.”
“True it’s that The Every day won’t make an amazing college, however simply as true is it that The Every day is without doubt one of the indicators of an amazing college. This isn’t a paper by just a few people, appearing in a non-public capability. It’s the organ of the scholars of Stanford College.”
This subject hopes to have a good time this vital legacy and mission with thrilling tales. The articles differ: one historicizes our independence and one other particulars The Every day’s Supreme Courtroom case towards the Palo Alto Police Division. One piece recounts our printing of a pretend Cal paper following the notorious 1982 Huge Recreation, and one other celebrates Every day pleasure by chronicling the historical past of our crossword. We let alums take the mic, recounting their very own experiences within the subject’s opinions and Grind items.
As we have a good time the fiftieth anniversary of The Every day’s independence from Stanford, I hope that our neighborhood will be part of us in reflecting on The Every day and its core mission. Most significantly, I hope the Stanford neighborhood will proceed to carry us to account for our phrases, push us to enhance, and help us in sustaining our independence for so long as there’s a Stanford for The Every day to report on.
Sam Catania ’24 is the Vol. 262 and 263 editor in chief of The Stanford Every day.