Letter from President
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For much of NYIT’s history, the Campus Slate, launched in September 1966, has been NYIT’s student-run paper of record, reporting the comings and goings, highlights and rare low-lights of our university’s growth and operations. From its Old Westbury home, its reporting beat was broad and the Slate archives are the reference for much that would otherwise have been unrecorded and eventually unremembered about NYIT’s history and people.
Journalism and especially newspapers have evolved in a new age of information, fueled by technologies launched decades earlier. The Slate was often where students and staff first went to for news about the NYIT community, and the “paper” has evolved in the digital age of delivery, too.
Five decades after our student newspaper first appeared, we have seemingly limitless options for our news. Innovations in mobile computing, digital audio and video, social media, blogging, and much more continue to reinvent how journalists create, and audiences consume, information.
But, to paraphrase legendary newsman Dan Rather, it’s not the medium or ratings that make a lasting impact—it’s good journalism. The Campus Slate has held its position of relevance and importance for 50 years because of the dedicated work of student journalists at its helm. As a former faculty advisor to the Campus Slate, I saw with respect and pride the hard work, seriousness, dedication, and enjoyment (as well as laughter and a few romances) our students brought to the paper and grew personally and professionally by their engagement. The NYIT-Old Westbury community has relied on their reporting skills to deliver accurate, timely, thought-provoking coverage about campus events, world news, issues impacting college students, students’ views and interests, and the latest achievements by our NYIT Bears.
Good journalism, as exemplified by the best of the Campus Slate, leads to a more informed community and helps all NYIT students and staff feel more connected to our university. Our student journalists deserve special thanks for the great work they do.
On behalf of NYIT’s global community, congratulations to the Campus Slate on 50 years of serving our community. Best wishes for another half century of continued success and capable journalism.
Edward Guiliano, Ph.D.