Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is The Leader's mission?
A: The Leader is the award-winning student newspaper at Elmhurst College. The Leader is published every other Tuesday when classes are in session. Students write, photograph, design and edit the entire issue, gaining real-world journalism experience during their time at the college. The paper has a press run of 1,700 and can be picked up in all campus buildings and certain off-campus sites. Issues of The Leader can also be viewed in PDF format.
We seek to inform the College community about events and issues that have an impact on EC. We strive to publish stories that serve the community, all with the highest degree of accuracy, skill and ethical considerations. We offer discourse and criticism. The Leader is an independent voice that is not reviewed or censored by the College. The paper is funded by advertising revenue and student activity fees.
We are also a student laboratory for journalism and writing, advised by a faculty member with decades of journalism experience. We play an important role, as EC does not offer a specific journalism program or degree.
Q: I'm part of a student organization. Can you help promote my event?
A: While we support student groups and Greek communities, our limited size and limited production schedule prevents us from publicizing most events in print. If your organization is working on a project that has a significant news value or has an impact beyond EC or beyond the city of Elmhurst, we would definitely consider covering this story in the appropriate section - please contact our editor(s).
If your student organization is on social media, please follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@leadernewsec). If you have already posted your information on social media, we will be happy to consider retweeting or share your event information on our social media, if time and staffing permits. However, we cannot create the initial post for you, or host or maintain this information in any way.
Q: I'm a faculty member, student group advisor, or other EC staff member, and have a news story or event. Will you write about it?
A: Leader editors would be happy to discuss your idea, story or event. We encourage EC staffers to keep us informed about what's happening in their departments.
If you have a connection to an upcoming EC lecture or event, please notify us as early as possible so that we can potentially include your input in our story.
Q: I'm in public relations and would really like to pitch a story idea to The Leader! Will you run my story?
A: We get a significant number of PR pitches via email, but we seldom accept any of them. If you are a PR professional, or someone who wants to pitch us a story, please consider the following before submitting a pitch:
The story should appeal to our readers - both students and the community at large. Stories should have a local or regional connection, or speak to a compelling news event or cultural trend. We are unlikely to be interesting in stories with a strong promotional slant, or that promote a single product. If your pitch is promotional or advertorial in nature, we suggest that you contact our advertising department to discuss placing an ad in an upcoming issue.
The Leader DOES NOT accept offers to run pre-written articles. We only feature content from staff writers (and occasionally others in the EC community, via our opinions page).
Q: Can you provide more information about your editorial page and editorial policy, and how to send a Letter to the Editor?
A: Topics for editorials are guided by our Opinions editor and Leader staff members. Editorials and opinions are published by decision of the editor in agreement with the editorial board. Opinions expressed in The Leader do not necessarily reflect those of the paper or its staff, and are not intended to represent those of the College at large.
We encourage Letters To The Editor on any campus news event, or on any story we've covered. Letters are welcome from the general public, as well as students, staff and alumni. To be considered, letters should include full name and contact information, including, at minimum, an email address and telephone number. Students or alumni should identify class year and major, while staff members should indicate department/title. All letters may be edited for length or clarity, as well as grammar and spelling. Letters can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.