There's more to being a journalist than putting personal thoughts together
By Danijela Demarin
Since the appearance of UNYPRESS, there seems to be a great amount of confusion and misunderstanding regarding potential competition to Perception, and negative connotations related to originality. Let us present ourselves properly.
Although our website has a section titled “About Us,” we will assume that not many of you clicked to learn about our mission statement or potential goals. So we will start from the very beginning.
UNYPRESS was established by the News Writing class. This class has been publishing a student newspaper at UNYP for the past nine years. Under the supervision of an experienced journalist and long-term professor, Mr. Frank Kuznik, students learn how to achieve recognition in today’s challenging world of modern media. Basically, creating a website and writing articles are both class assignments, not students’ free will.
Furthermore, News Writing is a class mostly attended by Communication and Mass Media students who have successfully completed Introduction to Media Writing, which speaks to the standards and professionalism required to be in the classroom and participate in projects.
Under Mr. Kuznik’s control, students write about numerous topics that are required to be intensively researched and based on credible sources. Do not let the word “control” mislead you: Students choose topics, and if they are approved, the process of gathering information may start. In order for the process to work properly, there has to be a gatekeeper who will keep the area clean of low-quality stories that do not meet professional standards. To be clearer, all the traditional journalistic values must be cherished and constantly used while delivering high-quality media stories. This is the point where the difference between UNYPRESS and Perception becomes very clear.
Perception was created in Spring 2011 as one of the student clubs, another extracurricular activity. Anyone can write and publish. No criteria, no control, no standards. Students are given full freedom to choose a topic and send it to editors, who then shape the story and publish it. The rest you all probably already know by heart. The project has so far been a great success and we would like to wish the Perception team a very successful continuation of their work this semester, and many more freelance writers willing to share their thoughts with other UNYPers!
However, we also hope that this short insight into our goals and functions manages to clear up the situation, and makes it possible for all of our readers to distinguish between the two different organizations.