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Mission Statement

The New Political is an award-winning, independent publication run entirely by Ohio University students. A digital-first outlet, it is solely dedicated to covering politics and government on campus, in the city of Athens and in the state of Ohio. The New Political seeks to educate and empower the public as an independent voice for Athens.


The New Political is the recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists 2017 Mark of Excellence Award for Best Independent Online Student Publication and a runner-up for Best Digital-Only Student Publication.

Code of Ethics

The New Political prides itself on reporting stories that impact, influence and enlighten the Athens community. We are able to achieve this by approaching each and every story with a commitment to telling the truth in the best way possible.

Our guiding principle is accuracy, and we take special care to ensure that the work we publish stems from facts and figures. We never want our readers to question the truth behind our stories. On the rare occasion that our work contains an error of fact, we will edit our story to include the correction and maintain a record of the change at the end of the piece. Otherwise, we will never alter or remove any content published on our website.

We always make it a priority to remain fair and balanced. In practicing fairness, we will always cover issues with an objective lens and will not allow personal biases to get in the way of covering a story. Our stories reflect a variety of viewpoints and opinions, and our news writers are well-equipped to cover all of these varying beliefs. Staff writers who cover news are prohibited from taking part in any politically-affiliated group on or off campus.

We strive to be balanced in our work and include opposition viewpoints whenever possible. We recognize that there are not always two sides to a story, and we have no trouble reminding our readers of facts when outside voices are decrying the truth. Our balanced reporting does not always mean giving a voice to anyone yelling, but giving a voice to the strongest forms of the argument.

Being fair and balanced also means being complete. Completeness in our coverage is essential, and we aim to include all relevant facts, data and historical context. We want readers to have a good grasp on the big picture, not just individual events or circumstances.

We strongly denounce plagiarism and the blatant theft of ideas from other publications without due credit. Any staff member in violation of this rule will be subject to immediate termination.

As a political publication, our content is more limited in what subjects we cover. We obviously won’t cover sporting events, but we also won’t cover every press release from Gov. John Kasich’s office. Our content is geared toward helping our readers become more intelligent and useful members of society. Today’s news climate makes a lot of information readily accessible. We don’t want to bombast our readers with information. Instead, we want to cipher through the news and publish stories that are the most relevant and most helpful to our audience. We want our stories to benefit our readers in the voting booth and help them make more informed decisions about politics in Southeast Ohio.

2018-2019 Staff

Nate Doughty – Editor-in-Chief

Marilyn Icsman – Managing Editor

Cole Behrens- News Editor

Maggie Prosser – News Editor

Ben Peters – Elections Editor

Tim Zelina – Opinion Editor

Kat Tenbarge – Projects Editor

Elisabeth Rockamore – Design Editor

Sarah Horne – Digital Editor

William Meyer – Copy Chief

Kayla Wood – Public Relations Director

Marianne Dodson – Staff Development Director

Connor Perrett – Social Media Director / Senior Content Creator

Questions? Send all inquiries to [email protected]