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Letter from the editor

Posted on January 27, 2014 | by Nicole Brown

Felipe De La Hoz/WSN

Dear Readers,

Every day at NYU, I am amazed and inspired by all of you. While I only know a fraction of you, I know talent is everywhere on this non-traditional campus. There are future actors, dancers, business leaders, politicians, scientists, writers — the list goes on and on. As the new editor-in-chief of the Washington Square News, I will continue to make WSN a platform for recognizing and celebrating the talents of this diverse student body, while also informing and questioning the community in which we live.

Coming to NYU can be overwhelming. Being one among so many students is often intimidating, but each of us has unique passions and goals that can help us find our place in a student body of 40,000. I found mine on the fifth floor of 838 Broadway where the WSN office is located. There I met my second family. I have spent countless hours writing and editing stories, collaborating with other editors, building friendships and having a role in the production of a daily paper. I am extremely proud to now lead that production. I am so fortunate to work with such dedicated and hardworking students, and I know they will continue to impress me.

In an ever-changing world of journalism, WSN is expanding and adapting everyday. While traditionally a print paper, we have developed and remodeled our website, expanded our coverage to new blogs and formed a growing presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Yet, there is always room for improvement. I hope to engage more members of the NYU community and expand our coverage. One of the attractions of NYU is its global presence, so we plan to provide more coverage of our global campuses. One of our first steps in that direction is collaborating with The Gazelle, the weekly student publication at NYU Abu Dhabi. Starting next week, we will publish one of their stories in our paper each week and vice versa in an effort to connect the two campuses.

We hope that you will join our conversation, or even join our team. Our doors are always open, so if you want to have a role in the production of WSN, stop by our office and maybe it will become your place at NYU as well.

Nicole Brown is Editor-in-Chief. Email her at



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Felipe De La Hoz

Multimedia Editor | Felipe De La Hoz is a Colombian national studying journalism at the College of Arts and Sciences. Having been born in Colombia and raised in the United States, Mexico and Brazil, Felipe is a trilingual travel aficionado and enjoys working in varied and difficult environments. Apart from his photography, Felipe enjoys investigative reporting and interviews, interviewing the likes of Colombian ex-M-19 guerrilla fighters and controversial politician Jimmy McMillan. He has covered everything from governmental conferences to full-blown riots, as well as portraiture shoots and dining photography. Having worked under Brazilian photojournalists for Reuters and AFP, Felipe hopes to one day work on demanding journalistic projects and contribute to the global news cycle.

Ann Schmidt

News Editor | Ann is a liberal studies sophomore who lived in Florence during her freshman year. She plans on double-majoring in journalism and political science and is always busy. She is constantly making lists and she loves to laugh.


Daniel Yeom

Daniel started at the Features desk of WSN last Spring, writing restaurant reviews whilst indulging on free food and consequently getting fat. Last Fall, he was the dining editor, and he this semester he is senior editor. Daniel is in Gallatin (living the dream) studying Food & Travel Narratives, incorporating aspects of Food Studies, Journalism, and Media, Culture, and Communication. He loves food more than life itself.

Hannah Luu

Deputy Multimedia Editor | Hannah Luu is a ridiculously great Deputy Multimedia Editor. She is a sophomore from Northern California. If you think Northern California means San Francisco you might need to closely examine a map. She is passionate about NPR and being half Asian.

  • How to join:

    The Washington Square News holds open weekly budget meetings at its office located at 838 Broadway every Sunday. All are welcome to attend, no matter your background in journalism, writing, or reporting. Specific times for meetings by desk are listed below. If you wish to talk to an editor before you attend, feel free to check out the Staff page.

    5 P.M. 6 P.M. 6 P.M. 6:30 P.M. 6:30 P.M. 7 P.M.

    Applying for an editor position: Applications for editor positions during the fall or spring semesters are available twice each academic year and can be found here when posted. Applications for the Fall 2012 semester are closed, but check back for Spring 2013. Those who wish to apply are urged to publish pieces in the newspaper and contact current editors for shadowing.

    History of the Washington Square News:

    The Washington Square News is the official daily student newspaper of New York University and serves the NYU, Greenwich Village, and East Village communities. Founded as an independent newspaper in 1973, the WSN allows its undergraduate writers and photographers to cover campus and city news and continues to grow its strong body of award-winning journalists and photographers.

  • The WSN has a circulation of about 60,000 and can be found in over a hundred purple bins distributed throughout campus. It is published Monday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters and online on Friday, with additional special issues published in the summer. The newspaper recently revamped its website during the Fall 2012 semester.

    Like few campus newspapers in the country, the paper is editorially and financially independent from the university and is solely responsible for selling advertisements to fund its production. The WSN, including its senior staff, is run solely by current undergraduate students and the business-division is largely student-operated as well.

    A Board of Directors comprised of alumni, NYU professors and working news media professionals serves as advisors to the paper. Board members have no control in the WSN's editorial policy or newsroom operations. Alumni of the newspaper are established and leading journalists in such news organizations as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NBC news, ABC news, Fox News, and USA Today.