About This Issue

Why we let WMU students take over our May issue
WMU Professor Sue Ellen Christian, center, meets with our team of student journalists, clockwise from bottom left, Jay Penny, Samantha May, Greyson Steele, Carolyn Diana and Samantha Marzke.

We love potential.

In a time when journalism is under fire and people wonder about its future, Encoreis proud to introduce you to the future. May’s issue of Encore has been written almost entirely by a team of junior and senior Western Michigan University journalism students taught by Professor Sue Ellen Christian.

These five aspiring journalists — Carolyn Diana, Samantha Marzke, Samantha May, Jay Penny and Greyson Steele — are a mighty team that conceptualized, reported, researched and wrote the feature articles that appear on these pages and even, in many cases, took photographs that accompany the articles.

Encore has a proud mission of showcasing the area’s best people, places and things, and with this issue we doubled down on that tradition. Not only do these young writers give us great stories about people and initiatives at their own university, but this issue spotlights their talents and the outstanding journalism training they are receiving through WMU’s School of Communication.

With stories on topics such as student hunger and economic need, modern dorm decor and how the digital world has changed the face of higher education and college life, these student journalists have created an issue that’s as informative, interesting and engaging as any Encore ever has been.

Enjoy, and know the future of journalism is in good hands.