Official student newspaper of Alabama State University

The Hornet Tribune

Official student newspaper of Alabama State University

The Hornet Tribune

Official student newspaper of Alabama State University

The Hornet Tribune

Editorial Board

About The Hornet Tribune Editorial Board

The Hornet Tribune Editorial Board determines the editorial positions of The Hornet Tribune. The editorial board opines on the important issues of the day – exhorting, explaining, deploring, mourning, applauding or championing, as the case may be. The board, which operates separately from the newsroom, proceeds on the presumption that serious, non-partisan, intellectually honest engagement with our audience is a requirement of good citizenship.   The Hornet Tribune Editorial Board offers the consolidated opinions of veteran members of The Hornet Tribune on topics relevant to Alabama State University. The Board generally publishes one to two editorials every week throughout the year.

Intellectual honesty is the cornerstone of the editorial pages. We strive to be sincere, coherent, consistent and skeptical — and,when called for, to have a sense of humor and a hint of mischief. And a sense of humility, too, in recognizing when we are wrong and when our positions shift in light of new developments or information.

The Board

Standing Members

Micah Sanders is The Hornet Tribune editor-in-chief.  He was previously the managing editor for editorial and reportorial, and the Arts and Entertainment editor.

Vacant is The Hornet Tribune managing editor for editorial and reportorial managing editor.

Vacant is The Hornet Tribune enterprise editor

Vacant is The Hornet Tribune pandemic editor.

Vacant is The Hornet Tribune University News editor.

Vacant is The Hornet Tribune Horizons editor.

Cullen H. Davis is The Hornet Tribune Viewpoints editor.

Vacant is The Hornet Tribune Hornet Living editor.

Vacant is The Hornet Tribune Sports and Intramurals editor.

Vacant is The Hornet Tribune Arts and Entertainment editor.

Camille Sanders is The Hornet Tribune Alumni Connection editor.

How we Work

Editorial positions are determined by majority vote and unsigned editorials represent the majority opinion of the board. The board operates separately from the newsroom.  The Editorial Board stands behind the preservation of Alabama State University’s academic mission and believes that the administration as well as student government, at all levels, should be held accountable to students, faculty and staff.

What exactly is an editorial? The simple answer is an unsigned article expressing the newspaper’s opinion on a matter of public interest. It’s the one place in the newspaper where The Hornet Tribune tells you what it thinks as an institution.

Speaking on the newspaper’s behalf is the editorial board, consisting of 11 members, with a variety of viewpoints and expertise. We meet once a week for an hour or so, bat around ideas and arguments, examine them for flaws, push them in new directions, (sometimes) discard them entirely and (ideally) mold them into coherence.

Board members interview sources much like our newsroom colleagues, though we aren’t as likely to use quotes. We go wherever our interests lead us, but we’re not entirely free to write whatever we want. The editorial board imposes a few institutional constraints, by design.

One is what is known in the law as stare decisis. Our past positions on any given topic help guide our present view.

The writing of editorials is a team effort; they aren’t columns reflecting any one person’s viewpoint. A member of the board (editors included) can’t write an editorial endorsing a position in the absence of consensus among the group. That is not to say we are a full democracy. Editors have a bigger say, especially in wielding a veto.

We don’t expect you to always agree with our opinion, but we do hope to earn your respect.

The members of the editorial board believe an independent and accessible student press is critical to ensuring a well-informed student population.

As part of The Hornet Tribune’s commitment to its readers, the board hopes to present a responsible and clear analysis of relevant events and news items affecting the lives of those we serve. We encourage all readers to reach out to our board members and to respond to our editorials.

 


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