When running a student newspaper, weekly planning meetings are essential. Usually held in the Mesquite newsroom, editors come together to celebrate accomplishments, voice concerns, workshop story ideas, etc. Our Monday morning meetings are usually the highlight of my week.
However, due to social distancing practices, I logged onto a virtual Mesquite meeting this morning.
While student workers are allowed back on campus, the Mesquite opted to take precautions and meet virtually. We recognize that our lives have been turned upside down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Spring break has been extended, in-person classes will now take place online and university-sponsored trips have been canceled.
During our virtual meeting this morning, the Mesquite editors agreed to provide our community with information, hope and options. We will continue to report remotely and actively. We want to hear from students, faculty and staff about how they are handling this transition and provide open forums to those who want to share. We recognize that local small businesses, artists and community workers are suffering from cancellations and want to help curb that as much as possible. If anyone has a story tip for us, share it on our website.
Right now, student journalists are faced with a unique opportunity. We must keep our university informed while keeping ourselves healthy and motivated. We have to listen to the concerns expressed by our student bodies, many of which we share. We must be creative when it comes to sources, photos and storytelling.
In times like these, we can only control the way we react and the actions we take. The Mesquite will stay online. The culture we have created at A&M-San Antonio will thrive. Our bonds and friendships will strengthen. There is light at the end of this very odd tunnel.
On behalf of the Mesquite, take care of yourself, stay positive and stay tuned. We have lots planned for you.
– Brigid Cooley, Editor-in-Chief