The Mountain Echo’s Mission

The Mount community has weathered much over the past month.

We, the editors of the Echo, acknowledge the role that our reporting has played in the media coverage of Mount St. Mary’s dating back to January. To do otherwise would be inconsistent with the responsibility we owe to our readers.

We do not apologize for reporting on issues that are important. We are, however, ready to move on as a publication from this turmoil, for the good of the Echo and for the good of the Mount as well.

The point of this message, therefore, is not to revisit the struggles that the Mount currently faces. Our readers are already well acquainted with these issues. What we have set forth to accomplish in these few paragraphs is to explain to you what The Mountain Echo’s role is within the Mount community.

We feel that this is a necessary task; if those living and working at the Mount do not understand why we maintain this publication then it will be difficult for us to serve the truth.

Our chief aim is to inform members of the Mount community, and to offer space to each and every individual to speak on matters of importance to the rest of this community.

Our student writers and photographers, some of whom work with us for academic credit and others who work with us on a volunteer basis, are to be given every opportunity to develop their ability to gather, analyze and convey information in their own words. They should feel encouraged to write about topics that they are passionate about—topics of real consequence to their community, to their studies at the university, to the public at large.

We strive for the highest standards of professionalism and ethics in their journalism. This means that we will adhere to the ideals of accuracy, objectivity and fairness. The Mount community can and should expect us to meet these goals.

By accepting letters to the editor, opinion pieces, and commentary from current and former students, faculty, staff and administrative personnel, we aim to fulfill the second half of this mission. Indeed, any Mount community member may address his or her peers through the use of these outlets.

We stand with the Mount community as pursuers of truth. Essentially our goal, our place in this community, is to provide a true fulfillment of the very words that guide our mountain home in its mission statement:

“Mount St. Mary’s is a Catholic university committed to education in the service of truth; we seek to cultivate a community of learners formed by faith, engaged in discovery, and empowered for leadership in the Church, the professions, and the world.”

We, the members of the editorial board, have pledged and will continue to pledge our commitment to this mission.

 

7 thoughts on “The Mountain Echo’s Mission

  • February 17, 2016 at 9:21 am
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    In other words, “we are not engaging in any more real reporting from here on in.”

    That didn’t take long. 🙁

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  • February 17, 2016 at 12:22 pm
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    Well said. I hope your advisor has been reinstated by now.

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  • February 18, 2016 at 6:54 am
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    No, the advisor is not back. This is the “new” Echo — focusing on PR and not journalism.

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    • February 18, 2016 at 10:00 am
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      I don’t see where you got that from…it seems more like the goal is simply to continue doing the best news possible, and uplifting the Mount instead of bringing it out down. I think it was well presented.

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      • February 18, 2016 at 2:30 pm
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        Drew, I came to this fact because the administration had replaced the old advisor with a pair of new ones and had commented about holding the Echo to certain standards — in this case, not reporting on news that reflects poorly on the administration (even if the administration deserves it). Look, you don’t make a junior faculty an advisor unless you are going to exert control over that person (explicit or implicit). After all, that person’s tenure and promotion is at stake.

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    • February 18, 2016 at 12:28 pm
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      Hence the sectional headings change on the site to “Opinion” from the previous journalistic “Op-Ed” no doubt. My guess is this change did not come from a staff meeting idea.

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      • February 18, 2016 at 2:31 pm
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        Rick, I believe that you are exactly right.

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