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Making headlines behind the scenes, not in front of cameras

Alex Hagen

October 11, 2012

As the Pio's Arts & Entertainment section editor, I feel personally responsible for educating our faithful readers about cultural events on and beyond Whitman's campus. As misguided as this sense of responsibility may be, I nonetheless feel the weight of the art world on my shoulders. So, what art...

Oct. 10 Production Night Liveblog

Rachel Alexander

October 10, 2012

Hello dedicated readers! We're back with a second Production Night Liveblog, written by Editor-in-Chief Rachel Alexander and Managing Editor Libby Arnosti. (Update: and Web Editor Blair Hanley Frank, who asked if he can join us.) Will we finish before 2 a.m.? Will Rachel finally die of a sugar overdose...

Rachel and Libby’s Production Night Liveblog

Rachel Alexander

September 26, 2012

Hi everyone, and welcome to our first liveblog of the semester! Every Wednesday night (and on into Thursday morning), the staff of The Pioneer gather in the newsroom, tucked away on the top floor of the Reid Campus Center, and put together a paper.  The following is a faithful account by me, the Pio...

Endless hunt for story ideas

Pamela London

September 26, 2012

Every Thursday, you pick up the latest copy of The Pioneer and-in a perfect world-read it cover to cover. You carefully scan each article and linger over every mesmerizing photo. You intermittently find yourself ROTFLOL-ing when you think about one of the jokes on the back page. Yet you wonder: how on e...

The Editors’ Blog is back!

Rachel Alexander

September 25, 2012

Outside of Greek groups, The Pioneer is the largest student organization on campus––74 paid staff members, as of my last count––but on a campus this full of busy, high-achieving people, it's easy to forget that your section-mates or friends work for the campus paper. Last year, our editors ...

Seniors reflect on their time with The Pioneer

Patricia Vanderbilt

May 28, 2012

ALYSSA FAIRBANKS, Feature Editor The end of this semester brings the end of my time at Whitman, and specific to this post, the end of my involvement with Whitman's newspaper, the Pioneer. I have worked for the Pio since freshman year as an A&E reporter, A&E production associate, managi...

We’re here for the summer!

Josh Goodman

May 22, 2012

For the last 115 years, The Pioneer has more or less shut down for the summer, leaving a four month gap in our coverage of Whitman news. In the past this made sense--not much happened, and not many students were around to write or read a weekly newspaper. But with  more Whitties spending their summers ...

Production night liveblog, part deux

Cara Lowry

April 19, 2012

It's me again, The Pioneer's Managing Editor. Enjoy liveblog number two––a faithful account of the goings on of the evening of April 18, 2012 and the early morning of April 19. (Read the first one here) 5:04 p.m. I arrive in the Pio office. 5:05 p.m. Senior Reporter and Editor-in-Chief Elect Rachel Alexander tells me I should l...

Production night productions: The Popcorn Dance

Sara Rasmussen

April 1, 2012

Pure skill. Featuring Managing Editor Cara Lowry, Photo Editor Ethan Parrish, and fall semester's Humor Editor Adam Brayton.

Anatomy of a news story: Sexual assault on campus

Rachel Alexander

March 15, 2012

If you've read my recent story on sexual assault reporting on the Whitman campus, you might be wondering what goes into writing an article like this. The short answer is: a lot of work. Here's a peek behind the curtain of the Pio's investigative reporting team. First, the story idea. This article wa...

Plugging in at the 2012 ACP conference

Sara Rasmussen

March 5, 2012

This weekend, 13 Pio staff members learned about journalism at an Associated College Press conference in Seattle. The ACP hosts this conference twice annually, but it was my first-ever chance to attend. As Web Editor, I found the trip to be a particularly exciting experience because the emphasis t...

Production night liveblog

Production night liveblog

Cara Lowry

March 2, 2012

What follows is a faithful account of the production of Issue 6 (taking place the evening of Feb. 29/early morning of March 1) as witnessed by me, The Pioneer's Managing Editor. 4:49 p.m. Arrive in Pio office. Check email: Thirteen new messages, eight from Editor-in-Chief Tricia Vanderbilt. Respond...

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