Every newspaper expects to receive its fair share of angry letters, phone calls and emails. The Daily Evergreen is no exception. In fact, we anticipate the constructive criticism and the furious ranting. Some of the most influential improvements to the Evergreen have been sparked by reader response.
Through your input, we’ve learned that Pullman has a “dark underbelly,” television and movie reviews are touchy subjects and even cupcakes can be controversial. Chuckles aside, we’ve also been informed of countless ways our editors, reporters, columnists and photographers can improve on what we do. Without reader feedback, the Evergreen wouldn’t be nearly as valuable a learning experience for the staff or resource for our readers.
Every semester sees one or two topics that take over the reader commentary. Sometimes it is a controversial opinion column or editorial board. Other times it is a news piece about another painful round of budget cuts.
Last semester’s hot-button topic was something entirely new. The weather and mall cam link on our shiny new website is down, and people around the country seem to be distressed by this tragic turn of events.
To be honest, the amount of emails is comical. Who knew that so many people across the nation were fascinated by watching grainy, stop-and-go images of students walking along Glenn-Terrell Mall?
In all seriousness, though, we are working on getting these links repaired. Questions have been raised about whether or not we can rewire the mall cam, but we are looking into it. The Daily Evergreen wants to provide readers with all the details they feel are important, and throughout the past months we’ve realized the importance of those two features on our website. We’re not sure when, but we are hoping the weather and mall cam will be back soon.
In the meantime, let me assure you that the scenery through the lens of the mall cam has seen no drastic changes. If you could view it now, it would show the same fuzzy image of Glenn-Terrell Mall it always has, with the same daily rush of students going to and from classes.
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