Letter from the Editor on our coverage of the PointALERT system

Written By Jake Dabkowski, Editor-in-Chief

Last week, we published an editorial calling for the university police to upgrade the PointALERT system. This week, we have a news story on the PointALERT system, and how it reportedly malfunctioned.


I would like to emphasize that while our editorial staff previously spoke out about the issues surrounding the PointALERT system, our news coverage is factual. I put my own personal opinions aside when writing this story, and likewise instructed our editorial board to do the same.


The news must be factual. At The Globe, we are committed to our stories being accurate. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I hope that you feel the same way about the importance of reporting the truth as we do.


I’ve written extensively about the importance of journalism throughout this semester. Last week, I published an opinion piece on the state of journalism in the modern day and the importance of not allowing journalism as a profession to die.


We at The Globe believe that we have a responsibility to report on issues happening on our campus, regardless of who they involve. This is not the first statement I have made about this this year.


A few weeks ago, we reported on a Post-Gazette strike occurring on campus. The week before that, we had published an editorial in support of the Post-Gazette employees striking. We stood by that statement, and stand by it now. Likewise, we stand by our editorial on the PointALERT system.


At the end of the day, we are students. Our perspective on issues occurring on campus may be different than other students, and will almost certainly be different than those of administrators. We encourage everyone to evaluate this issue from an unbiased perspective, and to read the full article for all of the information.