Welcome to a new year of A&E

Surveys, focus groups to come

Niels Strandskov

Last year, I had the opportunity to welcome you, our readership, to a new and improved A&E section, one that again stood separately from the main body of the paper.

And six months ago, I was able to welcome you to another version of A&E, this time in broadsheet.

My welcome today is not quite as dramatic as either of those previous examples, but I think that our work this year promises to be just as exciting and significant as anything that happened last year.

Our basic commitment remains the same: To provide insightful, enjoyable coverage of the arts-and-entertainment news that matters to you. We will find the best stories and report on them accurately and completely.

This fall, we have the chance to ask you about exactly what you would like to see in A&E through a large-scale survey and several focus groups. Your opinion of our work is important to us, and I encourage you to share it. Please watch for announcements of the specific ways you can participate.

You should keep in mind that our main responsibility is to provide you with honest critique from a student perspective. We take this responsibility very seriously. Every article we write is created with a spirit of respect for your intelligence and engagement with the larger culture. In these pages, you won’t find bland rehashings of plot or insipid trivia. Instead, we hope that you’ll find the kinds of ideas that you can enjoy butting heads with.

We don’t expect you to agree with every one of our opinions. We do expect you to find yourself in conflict with some of what we write. The result of this conflict should be a more nuanced understanding of a particular cultural product.

So let us know what you think. Write us a letter or an e-mail, participate in a focus group or a survey or just mention your thoughts to us if we see you in class. The Daily is a teaching paper, and in many respects, you are our teachers.