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Jaron Williams <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 2 May 2007 22:29:46 -0500
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I like it.  It's well written, but remember: attack the writing, not the
writer :-p

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Subject: [pwa-l] I wrote a response too

I also wrote a response to the editorial in The Daily today.  I'd really
like some feedback before I send it off.  Thanks, Lauren

The words "How Gaylord College Falls Short" made me pick up the newspaper
today.  I was actually heading to my first class in Gaylord and was excited
to read the article.  I thought that maybe finally someone was addressing
the shortcomings of the college, how certain majors (majors like
Professional Writing, for instance) are overlooked or given the barest of

I was only sort of right.

I did not expect to see the major I had in mind, my major to be mocked in
what can only be described as juvenile slander.  As journalists, I'm sure
the significance of that last word is not lost on you.

I agree that Gaylord is "riddled with systemic problems" and can even be
persuaded to entertain the idea that because The Daily hasn't been moved to
the college that maybe journalism is lower on the priority totem pole.  But
attacking other majors in the college was not only uncalled for, it was also
extremely offensive and childish.  First of all, it's the "Gaylord College
of Journalism AND Mass Communication."  Journalism is not the only major
and, to be blunt, it shouldn't be treated as such.  If you truly wanted to
make a case for how the Gaylord College values money over education, you
should have researched into how other majors are getting raw deals.  I can't
speak on behalf of other majors, but I know that Professional Writing only
has two professors and we had to beg to get a third to open another section
of Introduction to Professional Writing.  We also had to kick and scream
just to get a small, vacant room (in Copeland, your home turf, by the way)
for the Profess
ional Writing Student Association to meet.

You lament about being separated from the journalism college (after you
insisted that wasn't the point and completely ignore the fact that your
offices are in the original journalism building, hence the separation) and
then you essentially alienate students of two other majors by questioning
the relevance of PR in journalism and demeaning PW degrees by declaring the
major as "a farce."  You clearly don't respect us, so why would want to be
in the same building as us anyway?

I'll end my letter with the first thing I thought when I read about how your
signs requesting page designers usually go unanswered; you think it's
because the college doesn't teach certain programs or skills to the
students.  I think part of the reason might be because students don't want
to work for your paper.  And after reading the journalistic equivalent of a
hissy fit from a spoiled eight-year-old, who can blame them?