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What is the Technique?

By Jody Shaw Editor-in-Chief

The Technique is Georgia Tech’s official student newspaper. Founded in 1911, the Technique has been published weekly since then, except for a short period of time when it was published twice a week.

The Technique consists of five section, each of which covers a different area of news. The news section, which starts on the front page, covers issues prompted by events and people in the Georgia Tech community. Administrative and faculty decisions of note or the successes and failures of student organizations appear in the news section.

The opinions section is a forum for letters to the editor from students, faculty and staff members and alumni; staff editorials, full-length opinion pieces written by members of the Technique editorial board and the consensus opinion, the official position of the paper on campus issues. To compose the consensus editorial, the members of the editorial board meet for approximately one hour on Wednesday night, discuss the issues in the news section and attempt to form an opinion. The Opinions Editor then articulates this argument in the consensus column.

Focus is a magazine-style section that provides feature-length stories about Tech ideas, issues and individuals. The entertainment section includes features about Tech- and Atlanta-based entertainment offerings, as well as music, movie and other reviews in addition to guides for students. The Sports section covers Tech’s varsity, club and intramural sports teams.

Each section has an editor who is responsible for its content, layout, and administration.

The Technique has a general staff meeting every Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. in room 137 of the Student Services building. The meeting is open to people interested in writing or taking pictures for the newspaper and to those already involved. Additionally, section editors often meet with their staffs to assign and collect stories. On Wednesday nights, the editorial staff is on deadline to edit stories and design the layout for the following Friday’s paper.

Students interested in writing or taking pictures for the Technique should attend a general staff meeting or email the editor-in-chief for more information. Applications for editorial board and senior staff writing positions are available each spring, and preference is generally given to individuals who have extensive experience with the paper.