Hamline News

October 17, 2013

Celebrating 125 Years of Print

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On October 4, 1888, a collection of Hamline students gathered to collaborate and contribute to the first ever issue of The Oracle, and published it with the intentions of providing a reliable and worthy news medium to the Hamline community.

125 years later, The Oracle staff, while consisting of all new talent, strives to achieve the goals envisioned by their predecessors.

“Even after 125 years we’re still churning out really good content,” The Oracle staff member Andrew Maas said. “Our ultimate goal is just to keep publishing great stories and photos, and constantly improve upon the week before.”

Just last year, The Oracle won two coveted awards at the Associated Collegiate Press Best of the Midwest Convention. It won first place in the category of a four-year college weekly tabloid, managing to beating out the University of Minnesota Daily, and second prize for newspaper special edition for The Oracle’s January magazine.

These are only the most recent of The Oracle’s recognized achievements. In the past ten years, The Oracle has amassed a large collection of awards, all of which are displayed outside their office.

“We’re just a hodge-podge of various Hamline students of all majors and all disciplines. The University of Minnesota staff is full of journalism majors and their full-time staff. So for a small, independent newspaper, such as ourselves, to take on such a large entity and beat them was really gratifying. We’re going to try again this year,” Maas said.

The awards won by The Oracle can attest to its success over the years, but the true testament to its growth comes from the collection of diverse and unique staff members who make each weekly installment of The Oracle a reality.

The Oracle definitely offers a place for people to voice an opinion, about issues going on around campus, and it also works as a vehicle to inform students. We work hard to get a variety of voices into our stories,” staff reporter Sarah Sheven said.

The original staff members of The Oracle may be gone, but as each new reporter, photographer, and editor steps up to fill the shoes of the student before them, one thing about The Oracle remains the same.

“The measure of a real journalist is if you care more about the product than yourself,” Maas said.