In the next few weeks you will see a number of improvements to the layout and design of the Campus Times as part of our ongoing effort to enhance the visual quality of the newspaper.

While these changes are certainly exciting and important to the success of the newspaper, they are only the tip of the iceberg. The most important part of any newspaper is the quality of its content, and that content comes from you.

Those of us that write and edit the CT work hard every week gathering interesting stories on the day-to-day activities of UR students, faculty and visitors and the issues that affect them. But for this newspaper to constantly improve we need your help.

Each member of the CT staff – from the occasional writer to a section editor – lends a different perspective that helps reflect the voices and ideas of the entire UR community. The CT is published by members of our community for our community. Lend your unique voice to the CT – it’s easier than you think. All you have to do is take the first step.

If you’re bored on a weekend, head off campus and write a restaurant review.

Or, if you’re interested in finding out about what’s going on around campus, be a news or sports reporter.

If you don’t like to write? Design graphics or take pictures. We can even lend you a fancy camera – as long as you don’t break it. If you don’t understand the comics, then draw your own.

If you get angry when you see a tpyo, you can help us catch them before they get printed by joining the copy staff.

Have an opinion you think is worth being heard? Write about it – and don’t worry, it doesn’t even have to be about politics.

Want to write about something but not sure if it fits under a specific heading? I bet the Features section will publish it.

If you are a genius computer like Edgar on “24”, lend your talent to our Web site,, which averages almost 3,000 hits a day!

If you don’t want to get too involved but you still feel you have something you can offer the CT, like a story suggestion or a concern about our coverage, you can write a letter to the editor or come to one of our open-forum community dialogues, the next of which will be held at the end of March. It’s just that simple.

There are dozens of ways to get involved and an infinite number of things to write about. All you have to do is contact an editor. Drop an e-mail to, or go ahead and stop by on a Wednesday night when we are laying out the week’s edition.

Writing for the newspaper is a fun way to get involved on campus while making a tangible impact on the entire UR community. And best of all, we have free food.

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