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With the start of the semester, you may notice some changes in The Herald. At the top of the front page sits a cleaner flag, and at the bottom a revamped teaser bar will make it easier to navigate the paper. We’ve also consolidated our puzzles, comics, menu and events calendar on a new page called Today, which appears just before the Commentary pages.

In the coming weeks, you can look forward to several new ventures both in print and online. Our website will undergo some modifications to better highlight breaking news and create a more streamlined aesthetic. An in-depth weekly feature will delve into important and underreported topics on and around campus, showcasing them in a more creative style of writing. And a new enterprise reporting project will mine data and documents to investigate long-term trends that might otherwise be lost in the daily news cycle.

We also want to make note of one internal change implemented over winter break: a codification of The Herald’s policies and procedures for coverage of campus community member deaths. In light of several such tragedies that have affected campus over the past year, including over winter break, we feel it isnecessary to have formal policies guiding our coverage, which has been variable in previous instances. Under the new guidelines, Herald  coverage will comprise breaking news updates, articles about public memorial services and separate obituaries that weave together remembrances from friends and family members.  We expect these policies will ensure all future coverage of community member deaths is consistent and aligned with The Herald’s mission.

As always, we welcome feedback, suggestions and criticism. Email to reach us directly or send letters to the editor at Thanks for reading.


Editors’ notes are written by the 124th Editorial Board: Eli Okun ’15, Adam Toobin ’15, Mathias Heller ’15, Sona Mkrttchian ’15, Maddie Berg ’15 and Kate Nussenbaum ’15.



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