A few words from Professor Horton

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Congratulations to all the 2017 graduates of New York Institute of Technology and especially the graduating staff of the Campus Slate: Editor-in-Chief Matthew Santamaria, Layout Editor Jordann Pascall, Sports/Social Media Editor Shannon Duer, and staff members Yemi Abayomi and Frank Valentino.

2017 marks not only a tremendous milestone for these graduating students, but also a historic event in the Campus Slate’s history… its 50th anniversary. Over its half century history the Slate has taken on different formats, different views, but throughout those years, and especially with its present crew, it has remained true to its values: an independent, student-run newspaper. This team of students realized and embraced the amazing history and reputation the Slate has established over the past 50 years.

I too have a special affection for this publication because, during my years as an undergraduate student at NYIT (or, as the students like to refer to them, “in the Dark Ages”) I served as Editor in Chief. That three-year tenure led to a career that spanned 25 years in the print business. It is a special pleasure to see that the new generations of Journalism students share the same passion for the craft as I do. The students of the Slate Staff take a special pride in their product; they care about the story, the history and NYIT as a community and, most importantly, they care about journalism; about delivering to you, our readers, news and information that we believe is important, useful or entertaining to you.

In its 50 years of history, the Slate has seen many students come and many students go, yet the presses still roll and more recently, the website still gets updated. It is especially true at this 2017 graduation where NYIT, is losing, but thankfully the world is gaining, some very talented individuals.

To my graduating students, as we say in the industry…and it’s true whether we’re talking about journalism in print, video, digital or social media….“The ink is in your blood.” Now go forth and continue to seek the truth and write your own story.

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A few words from Professor Horton