Welcome from the Free Press

Welcome banners hung around campus as students arrive for move-in. (Ciara O’Brien/McDaniel Free Press)

On behalf of the Free Press staff, welcome back to The Hill, in any mode you may be experiencing it in this semester. Whether it be from behind a computer screen or a mask, we are excited to see you all!

Every year presents new challenges, but this semester in particular introduces quite a few new obstacles. Adjusting to a new normal means navigating new class structures, student life dynamics, socialization restrictions, and public health protocols.

Life amidst a pandemic is new for all of us, but through finding our voices in the media, we can all contribute productively to an evolving world. We hope you see the Free Press as a reflection of your experiences and thoughts during your time on The Hill. If you think of an event or idea you would like to see in the Free Press, send us an email. We can add it to our budget of ideas for our reporters to tackle or guide you in your writing process.

Regardless of your experience in journalism, our trained Editorial Staff can guide you as you write your very own article. Just imagine how exciting it would be to see your work in our next print edition! We are a student run newspaper always in need of more student voices. Whether you are hoping to contribute one article or many, your voice will be appreciated by our Staff and the campus body as a whole.

Contributing to the Free Press is a great opportunity to get involved at McDaniel, whether you are spending the semester at home or on campus. If you are interested in writing, editing, journalism, or photography, you can gain invaluable, professional experience as a member of our staff. Even if you do not plan on pursuing a career in journalism, joining our staff will present you with opportunities to strengthen workplace skills, exercise your voice, and improve your communication skills.

We welcome any and all article ideas, whether it be coverage on campus, local, national, or even international news. We are also interested in publishing opinion pieces in our commentary section and we are open to a range of article contributions. Please take a look at our website to see what kind of articles we publish.

We value your individual voice and perspective. The Free Press is not only a platform to share campus happenings, but also a place where you can share your ideas to enhance the campus. The greatest stories are told from the people best positioned to tell them, so, come write for the Free Press, and share your story, idea, or event, with everyone on the Hill.

If you are interested in submitting an article idea or joining the Free Press Staff, send an email to freepress@mcdaniel.edu or reach out on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook @mcdfreepress.