This semester has been unlike any other. We have spent the entire semester learning from home; in my case, and others from the paper, we have also spent the entire semester running every aspect of the paper from home. Though we ended the spring semester the same way we started this one, we knew this one would be different; this semester we knew from the outset that we would be studying from home, unlike in the spring, when we had no idea what was to come.
This was my second semester writing for the paper, so I knew what to expect ahead of time; however, this semester presented similar challenges that we faced at the end of last semester. In a normal semester, it would be easy to attend events and interview subjects; this semester, all events are online and the best way to contact subjects is by email. The biggest challenge that I faced in working on articles was getting in contact with subjects for interviews; because all students and most faculty members are working from home, email is about the only way to get in contact with them. It can be challenging because almost everyone is trying to contact them via email as well, so it is easy for someone’s email to get overrun with messages. That has helped me become more persistent, because there was no other choice than to try again and again if necessary.
This semester, I was able to cover numerous events, all online of course; because there were less events, I had the opportunity to attend and cover some that I might not have been able to otherwise. My favorite events to cover were the ones from Multicultural Affairs, which always has something going on. Their events are not only interesting, but educational as well.
For anyone wanting to write for the paper, or any news source, I would urge you to be aware of the writing style that is required. While writing for The Chase, I have learned that this writing style is neither American Psychological Association (APA) or Modern Language Association (MLA). I would also advise you to get started on your stories as soon as possible, meaning that you need to get an early start researching information, contacting sources or preparing for an event; this is important, because a week goes by quickly, and the article’s deadline can come up quickly.
As we head into finals and the holiday season, I hope that you get plenty of rest and prepare for your finals in whatever way you can. I also hope that when you are deciding how to celebrate your holidays, you take into account the surging numbers of COVID-19 cases. It will be nice when we have the opportunity to see friends and family that we haven’t been able to in months, but I urge you to wait until it’s safe or do it in as safe a way as possible if you choose not to wait.