‘Hope is Going 100 Percent Online? Say … What?’ Anchor Faculty Advisor Reflects on All the Changes

Hello to the college community during Week Two of our “Hope Online” Spring 2020 experience! Week One … which seems like a long time ago now … was a huge learning curve for all of us, and that includes The Anchor staff. 

How do I know what Anchor staffers have been experiencing? Well, I’m the Faculty Advisor for this student news operation, and I’m here to say that your fellow students have been working hard to bring you many interesting and informative updates on our new online life together.

First things first: Let me give a shout-out to the Anchor Co-Editors-in-Chief – Claire Buck and Ruth Holloway – and to all the online and in-print Anchor staff, too. They’re doing some wonderful work under unique circumstances right now. As much as you can, as often as you can, please take time to look up anchor.hope.edu and read “Corona Chronicles” and other coverage of what’s going on in the Hope community during this unparalleled moment in history.

With my background of 30-plus years as an editor and writer in the news business, you’d think that I’d be fully prepared for any crisis, big or small, that comes along. Think again. As everyone has been saying lately, “We’re All in This Together,” and that goes for seasoned journalists who suddenly are worried about their spouses and kids and are working out of home offices under stressful circumstances.

The Anchor editors, writers, other staffers? Their advisor? Yes, we’re all in this together, and with all of you. With updates and new content several times a week, anchor.hope.edu is a great place to read about our Spring 2020 “Hope Online” journey with you.


Mark Lewison is The Anchor's faculty advisor and director of the Klooster Center for Excellence in Writing.

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