List of suggested reforms begins

I’m trying out this PAGES function on WordPress, by making a web document connected to the blog that I’ll be regularly updating. You can see the link in white print around the top-right corner of the blog.

I wanted to provide a list of concrete ways The Daily can change its internal policies to be more professional, promote a more demanding sense of ethics, and help avert the kind of episodes we’ve seen this year that would have led to editors being sacked at professional papers (and cumulatively, would have lead to some amount of staff changes at most university papers).

I’ve started by shooting for 20, and most of the ones I’ve listed so far are pretty standard but absent from The Daily’s way of doing things. Some are measures to help prevent negative effects resulting from non-standard (and not necessarily bad) practices at The Daily.

There are also larger changes to The Daily’s Constitution that would increase its accountability to the level of other university papers, but I will probably discuss such reforms separately, rather than adding them to the list, which is just a number of simple changes that will get us a better paper.

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In beginning this list, I should take the opportunity to mention some of the better News pieces in the latest issue: by Max Halperin on the GA without quorum, Zachary Burk on the Mexican cultural critic’s lecture, and Adrienne Klasa on the upcoming Daily and Délit funding referendum. Dave Gruber’s piece is also well-written, although the headline they gave him, “Peace Now Secretary General Supports Two-State Solution,” is about as stunning as “McDonalds President Supports Eating Hamburgers.” Ben Travers’ Feature from the Journalists for Human Rights website shows the work he’s done for good quotes and his talent for developing a sensitive but careful tone in relation to the human rights situation he’s laying out for readers who don’t know much about Malawi. I recommend checking out his other reports from the country at jhr.ca.

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