/Letter from the editor: A thank you to my staff 
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Letter from the editor: A thank you to my staff 

By Harrison Neville 

Dear readers,

One of the first stories I ever wrote for The Alabamian was when I covered Montevallo’s Tinglewood festival back in the fall of 2018. I can still remember how nervous I was, as I walked around with a camera, taking pictures and walking up to complete strangers to interview them. I still remember sending my editor in chief a plethora of questions regarding who she thought I should talk to on a day that I am sure she was hoping to sleep in and get a break from annoying freshmen reporters.  

She really should have known better.  

I visited Tinglewood this year to take a Saturday with family. I thought of it as a bit of a day off, but inevitably I found myself talking with various members of The Alabamian who happened to be at the festival doing their jobs for the paper. The irony of finding myself in a similar position as the one years ago, but with the roles reversed did not escape me.  

Still, while I might complain, I didn’t really mind. I have told everyone who contributes to The Alabamian that we couldn’t do this without them and I always mean it.  

This is not a paper of one person. Putting together The Alabamian every two weeks is an incredibly labor-intensive process that requires a wide range of skillsets; every member is a key part of the team that makes it happen. 

Every week brings a new host of challenges – often times challenges that I never would have predicted a year ago. The devil really is in the details when it comes to running a newspaper. 

Each week also sees the incredible staff of The Alabamian coming up with new solutions to these problems. Many of them are new to the paper. They don’t realize just how innovative they have been, but they continue to amaze me with their creativity and willingness to go the extra mile to get things done.  

I don’t say it often enough, so I’ll just put it here in print for it to immortalized for all my staff, both editorial and non-editorial.   

Thank you. I couldn’t do this without you.  

By: Harrison Neville 

One of the first stories I ever wrote for The Alabamian was when I covered Montevallo’s Tinglewood festival back in the fall of 2018. I can still remember how nervous I was, as I walked around with a camera, taking pictures and walking up to complete strangers to interview them. I still remember sending my editor in chief a plethora of questions regarding who she thought I should talk to on a day that I am sure she was hoping to sleep in and get a break from annoying freshmen reporters.  

She really should have known better.  

I visited Tinglewood this year to take a Saturday with family. I thought of it as a bit of a day off, but inevitably I found myself talking with various members of The Alabamian who happened to be at the festival doing their jobs for the paper. The irony of finding myself in a similar position as the one years ago, but with the roles reversed did not escape me.  

Still, while I might complain, I didn’t really mind. I have told everyone who contributes to The Alabamian that we couldn’t do this without them and I always mean it.  

This is not a paper of one person. Putting together The Alabamian every two weeks is an incredibly labor-intensive process that requires a wide range of skillsets; every member is a key part of the team that makes it happen. 

Every week brings a new host of challenges – often times challenges that I never would have predicted a year ago. The devil really is in the details when it comes to running a newspaper. 

Each week also sees the incredible staff of The Alabamian coming up with new solutions to these problems. Many of them are new to the paper. They don’t realize just how innovative they have been, but they continue to amaze me with their creativity and willingness to go the extra mile to get things done.  

I don’t say it often enough, so I’ll just put it here in print for it to immortalized for all my staff, both editorial and non-editorial.   

Thank you. I couldn’t do this without you.  

Sincerely,

Harrison Neville, editor-in-chief.

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Harrison Neville is the editor in chief for The Alabamian. He is a fourth-year English major whose hobbies include reading, hiking, cooking and writing. He has previously worked for The Alabamian as a managing editor, distribution manager, copy editor and SGA columnist.