We hope you’re all well and taking care of yourselves in this extremely difficult time. Needless to say, COVID-19 has dramatically impacted the Hopkins community. Two weeks ago we were in the same city and now we’re spread across the globe. We won’t have any more in-person classes this semester. Students were forced to leave their dorms. Many of us could not say proper goodbyes to the friends, faculty, staff and community members who make our time at Hopkins so special.
As for The News-Letter, we will no longer be publishing print issues this semester. However, the news has not stopped.
For the past several years, we have published all of our content in print and online every Thursday during the academic year. Now, to make sure that our community is always informed, we will no longer be sticking to a weekly publishing schedule. Since spring break, we have been publishing pieces constantly throughout the week and responding immediately to administrative and local developments to the best of our ability.
Of course, news is not all we are here for. We will still have heartwarming voices columns and cute corgi cartoons. And we’ll still have an April Fool’s issue, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
On that note, we want to conclude this letter by saying thank you to all of our readers. Reading about this pandemic can be emotionally exhausting, and we hope that The News-Letter can be not only a valuable source of information, but also a welcome distraction in this distressing period. Our work means nothing without you, and we hope that we will be able to provide you with some clarity and comfort throughout the following weeks and months.
We also invite you — as always — to engage with our content, whether that means commenting on social media, writing letters to the editor and op-eds or giving news tips.
Make sure to check out our new website, where we are now publishing new content every day. Stay home, wash your hands and happy reading.
Amelia Isaacs & Sarah Y. Kim
March 30 2020
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