Thing is, we can’t tell whether it’s mocking or celebrating them. Nor do we know if YDN actually has a hand in the site. However, we can confirm that the site features the likes of EIC Vivian Yee,
columnist online editor Esther Zuckerman, and News Editor Lauren Rosenthal. We’re also not sure how they got the pictures. (Some of the photos are on Facebok which suggests it might be really creepy Facebook stalking??)
The first post was March 14th, and, since then, the site has proven an interesting venture into the wilderness that is the campus newspaper. I mean what actually happens during those production nights when they’re all locked in there? What the hell is a Turkey Shoot? And please explain what “cq” means.
What you get from the site is what you’d expect based on stories you’ve heard from friends at Ivy dailies. And, if it turns out that you don’t have any such friends (likely, given their cultish, insular tendencies) surely you can glean something from that person who constantly nags you for quotes. (Seriously, just let me go on pretending to ignore you.) Anyway, the point is that student journalists are one big collection of stereotypes — all of which are present on this tumblr.
Observe: the obsession with cats, the total disregard for classwork, complete overuse of journalism jargon, cult-like club incest (specially coined as Spec-cest at Columbia), and caffeine-fueled veins. (Not to mention the latent alcoholism that is the birth right of all journalists.)
Message to the creators of the site: As a daily nerd myself, pretty please expand this to other Ivy papers. We offer our RagTime for inspiration! YDN can’t be the only ones that cool — no matter what James Franco thinks.
UPDATE: First off, the tumblr now lamely requires a password. In addition, we have received confirmation from EIC Vivian Yee of the YDN that the author is a member of the YDN staff. She also said, “As for whether it’s mocking or celebrating us — can’t it do both? Personally, I think it’s brilliant.” IG whole-heartedly agrees.
Don’t completely despair… some of the links still work, and we have all the memes we had saved from the site available after the jump.