Meet James Chapman, a fourth-year Innis student, and the editor-in-chief of The Innis Herald!
My name is James Chapman and I am a fourth-year student at Innis College studying political science and urban studies. As a former Residence Don, ICSS Director, and IRC Representative, I love everything about Innis College from its quirky history, to its bizarre architecture style, to its active student body.
This year I am the Editor-in-Chief of the Innis Herald. This means that I am in charge of overseeing the production of the paper, from the creation of content to publication. I run our executive meetings and support our team to make sure we produce the highest quality paper as possible. It’s our team who really makes it happen, however. From gathering and creating content, to editing and layout, to posting online, and to keeping our bank account in check, our executive team and group of writers, illustrators, and photographers ensure we produce each edition.
I am really proud of the most recent edition of The Herald as a whole. The casual writing style of many of our pieces reflects the paper’s history as a fun read for members of the College. This issue’s two short story pieces and advice columns particularly highlight this. We also have more coverage of Innis-specific issues with our college’s scorebox and pieces about students’ political adventures. Coverage of the College’s colourful history also expanded as we retold the stories of the alumnus Bob Bossin’s college anthem and Innisfree Farm. The cover photo of the paper is also an allusion to a past edition in which another case of urban upheaval saw a beaver was placed on the cover, gnawing at the city’s most iconic landmark.
We want to continue to make The Herald relevant to the college community. While our limited number of editions makes it difficult for us to publish breaking news on campus, the way The Varsity might, The Herald is meant to tell the story of Innis students. We are looking to focus on our college’s in-house programs, issues within the College’s vast student life, and students’ opinions on the outside world. We are also looking to retrace The Herald’s less serious past with more quirky content, you can’t find anywhere else.
We are constantly looking for new writers, illustrators, and photographers. For students, the paper can be a great way to get your work published and consumed by a wider audience including guests of the College, administrators, and students from across campus. All students need to do to sign-up is email Louisa at firstname.lastname@example.org with your area of interest and she’ll add you to our mailing list.
My advice for first year students is to find something you love doing on campus and spend time doing it. University is a unique time to participate in activities you might not get to do in the future.
I don’t think I will be the editor of a community newspaper like The Herald in the future, but I love finding cool content to add to it and helping to tell Innis’s story. It’s what I most enjoy doing with my time on campus and it’s made my four years at Innis really enjoyable!