Welcome from the Free Press

(Rachel Allen, McDaniel Free Press)

On behalf of the McDaniel Free Press, we would like to officially welcome everyone to campus! 

The Free Press is a student-run publication with a community of writers who are ready to give a voice to the unheard, inform, and educate our community about what is happening both on and off campus. 

Our small campus allows the student body to be connected in more ways than one. Whether it’s engaging with peers in the classroom, at a club meeting, on the field, or simply taking a late-night walk through red square—we are all shaping the McDaniel community. One of the goals the Free Press has is to highlight different experiences on campus. This coming semester, we will continue to write stories that you will want to read: ranging from feature articles, news pieces, arts, culture, sports, and commentaries. 

As I step into my first year as Editor-in-Chief, I remember what it was like when I first wrote for my high school newspaper with no journalism experience. I remember how intimidating the Editor-in-Chief was, how terrifying deadlines were, but most importantly, how good it felt to have my first story published. 

My goal is to make all new writers feel comfortable from the minute we first meet. I want to encourage your questions and ease your fear about starting your journalism experience. 

I encourage you to reach out to us, despite whether you intend to join our staff. Feel free to give us ideas to make the paper the best it can be. Tell us what type of stories would make you want to pick up a copy of our issue. 

You can stop by one of our weekly Tuesday meetings at 6p.m. in the Free Press office (Hill Hall 111), reach out to us via email (freepress@mcdaniel.edu), or contact anyone on our staff with story ideas. 

We understand how hard it may be to get involved on campus, but the McDaniel Free Press is a great way to start. Our Editorial Staff has the training and experience to help writers of any level. We hope you consider contributing to the Free Press. There is a space here for anyone who is open to learn and ready to write. 

If you are not interested in writing, but still want to be a part of the Free Press, we always welcome photographers and graphic designers. 

The Free Press will continue to be a bridge between students and the community. We have the privilege of having both print issues and a website where our stories are published. We encourage you to visit our website to read past stories and learn about the kinds of stories our writers have done. 

We are looking forward to another successful year on the hill. Have a great school year!