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From the Editor's Desk: A decade of changes

Typically, The Post marks the end of the year with a print issue reviewing the entire year. 

Our staff takes a look at the top stories in Athens and at Ohio University that had the most impact on residents and students. There is a lot to examine from the year, from news to pop culture to sports. 

This year, we decided to take a look at the entire decade.

As the year comes to an end, it will also mark the end of the decade. Social media has been sparking a lot of conversations and is making people realize just how much has happened in the past 10 years. 

People have been reflecting on themselves with just how much things have changed. And a lot can change in a decade.

The Post decided to take a look at how much Ohio University, Athens and everyday life has changed over the past 10 years.

The university has seen a new president, new faculty, new students and new buildings. The city has is becoming smarter with new technology, new businesses and new opportunities. 

As college students now, we were all in grade school when the decade started. College seemed so far away for most of us. Most of us did not know what we wanted to do when we grew up, let alone where to go to school.

Since then, we have grown and changed into the college students we are today. For some, that means just starting out at OU and the new experiences that come with it. For others, it means graduating and stepping into the real world is closer than any of us ever thought. 

The Post has also seen the highs and lows of change as a publication in the past 10 years. 

In 2010, The Post was a daily publication on broadsheet with daily news to know in Athens and on campus. In 2016, we changed to a weekly tabloid publication that showcases our best work from the past week that we still continue with today.  

The Post could not continue to print a daily newspaper that was unable to keep up with our revenue, like many other professional newspapers today. We still continue with daily content but have become more digitally focused. 

We have grown our staff to incorporate the new forms of technology to be more engaging for our audience. This includes the creation of multimedia and podcasts staffs. While these are still new, we are discovering more and more ways to include the staffs in our everyday content. 

My final semester at OU also marks the beginning of the next decade of The Post, but I feel confident knowing I’m leaving it in good hands. This year’s freshman class has shown promise as well as the rest of our staff, and I know they have the abilities to lead those in the future.

I am not sure what the next decade will bring, but I am excited to see what the journalists of the future will do to adapt to the changes and challenges that come. 

Ellen Wagner is a senior studying journalism at Ohio University and the editor-in-chief of The Post. Have questions? Email Ellen at ew047615@ohio.edu or tweet her @ewagner19.

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