Outlook: Born in 1949, prospering still

Juliette Jabra

This year marks the 68th anniversary of Outlook’s inception and integration within the AUB community. As a publication by the students for the students, Outlook has always aimed to maintain a non-biased, impartial stance when reporting and has been the platform through which members of AUB have been able voice their thoughts, interests, and opinions.

As the new academic year rolls around, I believe it is our duty as the Outlook team to ensure that Volume 50 will be fearless in its coverage, bold in its methods, valuable in its content, and accurate all around. We pride ourselves on being the independent student newspaper of the American University of Beirut, and we are adamant about articulating, through our articles, the needs, wants, and rights of AUB students.

This cannot be possible without students who are willing to contribute their time, efforts, and skills to both Outlook and the entity of journalism itself. Our publication acts as a microcosm of local and global newspapers, whose intentions lie in relaying stories of worth, timeliness and honesty. Here at Outlook, we abide by the same morals and values.  

I have heard on multiple occasions that students have felt intimidated to sign up for Outlook. Be it their personal insecurities (it’s okay, we all have them), apprehension towards the team (we don’t bite, for the most part), or procrastination due to fear, (I’ve been there) that have hindered students from signing up, it is undoubtedly worrying to walk into a Newsroom full of strangers and begin writing articles.

Choosing to join Outlook will, objectively speaking, be a game-changing experience. You will be acquainted with fellow students from a wide array of faculties and majors, and this will henceforth set the precedent for friendships formed, knowledge acquired, opportunities granted, and trust bestowed. Some of the best people I know I met through Outlook.

I joined AUB a year ago as a bright-eyed sophomore with so many (perhaps too many) plans. I immersed myself in my studies and my social life, but during my first few months hesitated on whether I should sign up for Outlook.

Student publications have been an integral portion of most of my academic life. I joined the school newspaper in 10th grade, and remained a part of the team until graduating from high school in 2015. There exists a particular charm to student publications that cannot be replicated or imitated anywhere else. The sense of solidarity and camaraderie that lives between students is unmatched, which is why I knew I wanted to join Outlook, but was simply too afraid to.

There are a few people who pushed and threw me out of my comfort zone, and it would be remiss of me not to thank them for their constant reminders to sign up for Outlook. I wouldn’t be where I am without them.

I am looking forward to a fruitful year of events, collaborations, and unquestionably, issues of worthy content and valuable information. We have so much planned, from Speaker’s Corner to the USFC Debate to the constant coverage of important, essential stories.

In this digital age, it is a feat in itself to still print tangible copies of a newspaper, especially that most people rely on their devices for information, entertainment and communication simultaneously.

Amidst a global print crisis, Outlook is still publishing in print (as well as online). It all comes down to what began in 1949, and to what will persist, resist, and exist throughout the ages. We are what we have always been, and through our newspaper, will always continue to embody what we stand for. We hope you’ll join us on our journey.

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