|We aren't chimps but some readers might think we are.|
We are not former writers for the News-Letter who lost an editorial election. We have never been an editor at the N-L, been a candidate in an election, or seen the N-L's proofing process. What some call "inside knowledge" of the N-L is no more than honest and thoughtful reporting, communicating with sources and researching information.
We do not have a bone to pick with the paper. We write and report without malice or cruel intentions. We started this blog in September because the academic year begins at this time. Hopkins Underground is not connected to another publication,print or online.
Our consistent coverage of the reaction to Greg Sgammato's op-ed piece is purely coincidental. We have been online for only two weeks. On Sept. 16, we wrote about the shooting at the Hopkins Hospital, an important event at the University that warranted some thoughts. It was not until we discovered Sgammato's op-ed later that day did we decide to write again. We stuck with this story because of the widespread reaction, on campus and nationally.
So, who are we? We are writers through and through. That does not make us Writing Seminars majors though. This is not our first year at Hopkins. Apart from that, we direct you to our welcome post in which we explain why we write anonymously.
We hope that readers continue to come to Hopkins Underground, as we are working on stories that are unrelated to the N-L and should be of interest to the student body. We are not ignorant to the point where we think we will win over everyone.
To those who stick around, see you soon.
UPDATE 9/25/2010 7:55 p.m.:
And a few of our promises to you:
- We will not remove, retract, or un-publish posts that are deemed offensive or critical. No matter how much backlash a post may bring, we will always keep the information online. If there is a mistake, we will make a correction but keep the post up.
- We will not remove comments that are critical of us or our work. We will not close or prevent comments on a post.
- We will not peddle gossip or misinformation. Do understand, however, that we are human and will make mistakes from time to time despite our best efforts. Any publication that promises otherwise is lying.