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Liz Backo

From the Editor's Desk: Editor reflects on year

Next week, The Post will print a special photo issue that will sit on newsstands all summer long. In that edition, a note from all the graduating seniors will replace my weekly column. We have more than 20 people graduating, so we’ll have a lot of great memories to share and a lot of thank-you’s to say. 

But because this is my last official column as editor-in-chief of The Post, I want to take the time to say thank you to everyone who picked up a Post this year, clicked on a social media post from us or simply visited our website. 

The Post is more than just an independent, student-run media outlet on campus. It is a place of learning, which includes making mistakes and working hard to fix them. We discuss the best ledes, what makes a good story and how to improve. We reach out to our readers frequently to ask what they want to see more of, and we ask other journalists what we can be doing better. 

The Post is a place we go to spend time with friends, watch TV and eat microwavable meals. I’ve spent thousands of hours in the newsroom or working on Post projects in the last four years. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to lead and work alongside some of the most talented people I know. 

The Post news staff took the lead on producing our first special edition of the year, which was dedicated to the university’s new president, Duane Nellis. Our sports staff created a special football edition for Homecoming and a basketball edition in the spring. Our culture staff produced dozens of features about international students, women, music, film, dogs and more. The Post’s blogs team produced a wide range of content, both local and national. And our opinion writers shared some clever thoughts about music, politics and podcasting. 

Next year’s editor, Lauren Fisher, will pick up where we left off with a new team of talented Posties. They are going to produce some stellar content and make even more great memories together. In the meantime, read The Post online, like us on social media and pick up the next print edition that you see. 

Thank you for sticking with us this academic year. 

Elizabeth Backo is a senior studying journalism and the editor-in-chief of The Post. Have any parting words for Liz? Tell her at or send her a tweet at @liz_backo.

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