Letter to the Editor

A letter from Kevin Su.

“Manufacturing Cool,” the September issue’s pop-music story, has an ambiguous title—it stands there without a time, without a subject, without a place. But the author, Jordan Coley, is happy to locate who is doing this “manufacturing” at Yale right now, and it happens to be people and places dear to me. As a member of WYBC for the past four years and an executive board member for the last two, and a current resident of 216, I felt that my organization, my home, and my. . . Read more
Kevin Su
Letter from the Editors

To our loyal readers.

Dear reader, Men joining roller derbies, theater with audience as actor, a stolen lamp that took a church’s history with it. Urban squash leagues and Tolstoy marathons. Budget cuts on food stamps and a gang initiative that tries to define community. The stories we’ve loved publishing in our five issues have been about borders of all kinds—about setting and learning them, about crossing or bridging them. Borders give us order, marking guarantees and edges. They tell us what we are, and help us decide who. . . Read more
Staff
Letter from the Editors

TNJ editors and reporters consciously thought about issues of diversity as we worked on the October issue.

Dear Readers, On September 24, Newsweek published a cover with the large headline “MUSLIM RAGE” above a photo of screaming men, alluding to recent anti-U.S. protests in the Muslim world. Many respected media outlets denounced and mocked Newsweek for its sensationalist and simplistic portrayal of a diverse religious community. For the October issue of The New Journal, we interviewed Cord Jefferson, a contributing editor for Gawker, who argued this error could have been avoided by bringing more diversity into the newsroom itself. But the philosophy. . . Read more
Staff
Letter from the Editors

The New Journal is instituting a new fact-checking system.

Dear Readers, This summer, one of The New Journal’s writers was accused of fabricating sources during her internship at a national newspaper. Our first reaction was surprise: why would an author fail to source? But the problem seems endemic to journalism—which raises questions about how publications should insure that readers trust what we print. Our experiences in the last few months made us realize the importance of fact checking in news and we decided to create a fact-checking process of our own at TNJ. TNJ. . . Read more
Staff