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Matt Gamber | Wednesday, August 25, 2010

 If you’re reading this, we’re officially up and running here at The Observer!

As a staff, we’re excited to embark on another year of covering the stories, events and debates that matter most to you, our readers.
 
With the new year comes new opportunities to get involved with The Observer. If you have a story idea or want to weigh in on a topic in Viewpoint, check out ndsmcobserver.com for ways to contribute. If you’re interested in joining our staff, feel free to e-mail me any questions you have. 
 
We’re hosting an open house on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m., where you can meet with editors and learn about our daily production process. We’ll also be at activities night next Tuesday, so be sure to stop by if you’re interested.
 
Shifting gears, I’d like to share a few changes we’re making to our print and online content this year. These changes are designed to allow us to better manage our key resources: space, time and money.
 
As the University’s only independent, student-run, daily newspaper, we want the majority of our content to be our own coverage of the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s communities. To achieve this, we have decided to decrease the amount of space we devote in each issue to content obtained from the Associated Press. The biggest AP stories will still garner space on our pages, but this change will allow our staff members to direct more of their efforts toward producing and editing original Observer content.
 
The change should also give the paper a more streamlined feel while keeping the focus on stories that directly affect you, our readers. We want to be your first and best source for Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s news, and by freeing up some of our key resources, we believe this change can help us achieve that goal.
 
Additionally, we are working to improve and develop our online content, starting with blogs, podcasts and video this fall. Whether it’s student government or football, we believe many of the topics we cover are conducive to these online features that will allow our writers to give more of the insight they gain by following these beats on a daily basis.
We’re excited to produce content that will supplement our print edition and give our readers a reason to check out ndsmcobserver.com. If you have ideas for improving the website or want to hear more about our online plans, e-mail me and stay tuned in the coming weeks.
 
Thanks again for reading The Observer. We’re looking forward to an exciting year, and we hope to hear from you soon.