A midterm review

We want to know if we’ve made the grade. Tell us what matters to you and what you would like to see.

Emily Banks

Midsemester – it’s the time we look back, look ahead and calculate how we’ve done.

How much do I have to study for that midterm? Am I going to meet my goal of X.X GPA? Maybe these are some of the questions you’re asking yourself. Or maybe you’re just wondering how many days remain until you no longer have to wake up for that 8 a.m. class.

Here at the Daily, we’re making those same evaluations. But we can’t make them on our own. We’ve introduced several new features, and we do it for you. This is your paper; let us know if there’s something you love, hate, want more of or something completely new you’d like to see.

What’s new?

We’ve updated our multimedia department to give you more photos, videos and online packages. Every day on the Web site, mndaily.com, you can easily look at the photos and graphics in the day’s paper with a new slideshow.

You can also see in the paper some of the new videos that have been posted on the Web site. And online we’ve begun creating unique pages for special projects, including the series called My Life in Kenya and today’s project on breast cancer.

The Daily’s broadening its storytelling methods, whether it’s online or in print. Expect to see more alternate story forms – stories told through charts, bullet-points and Q&As.

And rather than profiling people on the street, we decided to change the Page 2 feature to “Question of the Week” to get you thinking and talking. We’ll also be expanding that online to a discussion board where you can also share your thoughts.

This semester we’ve also expanded Backtalk, which now offers the sassy Where Life Meets Style column, a look at trends and style on Wednesdays, and Daily Doodle. Submit your drawings in the Daily Doodle space by Fridays at 1 p.m. for a chance to have it printed in the paper, win the weekly prize and have it displayed at the Weisman Art Museum.

What’s yet to come?

With several weeks left in the semester, we’ll continue to introduce new features, like Daily photographers’ portfolios online and blogs from student group leaders.

We’ve also listed RadioK’s top seven songs in the paper for years, but soon you’ll be able to listen to them online.

And in order to keep up with a 24/7 news cycle, we’re giving you more news as soon as it happens online. Whether police officers are drawing their guns at Arby’s or the University receives a multimillion dollar donation, we’ll have it online within minutes, and new stories online throughout the day rather than always having to wait until the next morning.

Tell us what you think

We want to know if we’ve made the grade. Tell us what matters to you, what you want of your newspaper, the University and the community.

Send your thoughts to the readers’ representative, send a letter to the editor, write a guest column or post comments online.

Emily Banks welcomes comments at [email protected]