As The Scout celebrates 125 years on Bradley’s campus, the staff would like to remind students about journalism’s importance to the Bradley community.
Originally, The Scout began as a monthly student-run newspaper before switching to bi-weekly and now weekly publishing. While the publication has changed, the message of The Scout is the same.
The Scout strives to provide accurate, relevant and up-to-date information that informs and entertains Bradley students and faculty with stories about campus happenings, pop culture and sports.
Editorials, weekly opinion-based stories regarding an issue or topic on campus, have been influential since the 1960s. They have been used as a way to make change at Bradley. For example, after a female student was jumped on the quad, The Scout campaigned for more lighting fixtures on campus – which are still around today.
In recent years, The Scout has kept a relatively stable readership with 1,000 reads per week on average. Many students value The Scout’s news coverage to stay up-to-date on campus events and changes occurring within the university.
The digital age brought the death of print but it also made it easier for underrepresented voices to be heard. The amount of information that the staff consumes allows us to tailor our editorial to best reflect the concerns of the student body.
Even though the medium has changed, the stories have not. Our responsibility has always been to publish the most newsworthy stories on campus and in the Peoria community. With your help, we will continue that tradition in the most fair and useful way possible.
As always, if you ever have anything to say to The Scout staff or to the student body, you can send a letter to the editor on our website. The Scout is here to share and report on what the community has to say.
We hope you will join us as we strive to provide news on the Hilltop for the next 125 years.