A Letter from the Editor-in-Chief: BlogDailyHerald, 5 years on

Though it might be hard to believe, the school year has come to an end. The libraries are empty, the Main Green is silent, and the Class of 2014 has marched through the Van Wickle Gates. Congrats to the seniors on your graduation! We’ll miss you dearly, but we know you will be all kinds of successful in life outside College Hill.

The end of the 2013-2014 academic year also marks the conclusion of BlogDailyHerald’s 5th year of production (do we even call it that?). It is sometimes hard to believe how young our web site is, especially given how far we have come in such a short time. The brainchild of some Brown Daily Herald editors back in 2009, Blog has become an organization unlike anything we could have dreamed of.

For the 2011 BDH Commencement magazine, former Blog editors David Winer ’13 and Matt Klimerman ’13 painted a pretty extraordinary picture of what the site’s early days were like. There were no Sunday evening meetings. Blog had “day editors” who handled all of the site’s content for a single day of the week. And edit board meetings? Try “run-ins on the street and in the Ratty.”

That year, Blog’s fearless first leaders revolutionized how the organization works. Our weekly writers’ meeting, daily time-wasters, and current managerial structure all came from these early days. Needless to say, we are all in great debt to the site’s earliest editors.

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Highdeas from our staff meeting on 4/20

stonerbearAs a daily publication, BlogDailyHerald is a well-oiled machine that can only function successfully as long as its several staff members are all on the same page. To this end, BlogDH holds weekly staff meetings on 5 p.m. on Sunday evenings so that writers can flesh out their ideas, make connections with other writers with whom they hope to collaborate, and get feedback from the editorial staff.

Yet in the spirit of one particular spring holiday, we must ask: why was this week’s BlogDH meeting different from all other BlogDH meetings? Our answer: Our meeting took place at 5 p.m. on 4/20. Yep, that’s a mere 40 minutes after Brown’s student body took to the Main Green at 4:20 p.m. and enjoyed its… main green. Some of our staff members partook in the festivities as well. It’s also important to note that these staff meetings take place in Faunce House—a prime, central location on campus (read: right on the Main Green). What resulted was a staff meeting of epic proportions: snacks in hand and smirks on their faces, our writers didn’t simply pitch post ideas for the coming week; rather, they pitched and contributed epic highdeas. Here are some of the highlights from our meeting: Continue Reading

Something big is coming to BlogDailyHerald

unnamedA week from today, you’re going to notice a big, big change on our site. Our redesign team (big shout out to Jason Hu ’15 and Joe Stein ’16 in particular) has been working tirelessly to make this pipe dream come true. It’s a long time coming, and we hope you love it as much as we do. Web sites with smirking bears that wear hats as their logos will never be the same.

In Blog We Trust,

The Editors

Want to write for us? We’re having an information session tonight


Do you crave to be at the hub of the wheel that strives to create an informed and aware student body? Are you frequently compared to Clarissa from Clarissa Explains it All? Do you like to do things for the sake of journalism?  If so, you should consider applying to become a member of the BlogDailyHerald team. We’re looking for dedicated and ambitious writers to join our staff. Come to our information session TONIGHT at 7 p.m. in the upstairs space* of the Herald office (195 Angell Street) to learn more about who we are and what we do.

If you can’t make this information session, don’t worry—shoot us an email at blog(at)browndailyherald(dot)com to get more information.

*There will be no nudity in this upspace. Please come clothed.

So you want to join BlogDailyHerald?

(BlogDH) RecruitmentDo you live, breathe, and crave all events and things Brown-related? Is your support for the use of the Oxford comma alienating you from your friends? Do you enjoy wasting time and doing things daily? Are you good at sports? If you’ve answered “yes” to three out of the four questions above, you should consider applying to become a blogger! BlogDailyHerald is looking for passionate, motivated, and dedicated writers to join our squad and deliver daily news and happenings to our readers.

We’re holding an information session at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30th in the upstairs space of the Herald office (195 Angell Street).

If you can’t make this information session, don’t worry—shoot us an email at blog(at)browndailyherald(dot)com to get more information.

Guess who’s back?

Computer Hipster 97 but class of 98

Shout it from the rooftops. Scream it in the streets. At long last, BlogDailyHerald is back in action. We’ll be here day in and day out to keep you company as you go full speed ahead until the school year’s end. Get ready for a semester chock-full of bear heads, catharses, and punning. Hold onto your hats (and all of your other winter apparel)—we’re about to take things up a notch. It’s go time.