FRESH START FOR LYNN’S HEARTBEAT

Fall 2018 saw significant change and developments across the Lynn campus.  With hundreds of new faces arriving, the community underwent a makeover in the span of just a few weeks.  Beyond campus, countless major headlines kept young people alike engaged on what really mattered in the political and social spheres.  Meanwhile, the campus saw unmatched events occur anywhere from the Wold Performing Arts Center to the Elmore Dining Commons.  

In the same way, iPulse endured all of the changes and adjustments as new names took over multiple editorial positions.  All the while, a fresh team of staff writers partnered with the editors to bring relevant, useful information to the Fighting Knight community.  iPulse had developed a team ready to tackle anything in their way of maintaining their award-winning standard.  

The fall of 2018 brought yet another International Business and Entrepreneurship Symposium to the Wold Performing Arts Center and the International Business Center.  With keynote speakers like Cynthia Trudell and David Clarke, the grand occasion united the business community with educators and students to explore advancements in global enterprise.  Bringing innovation to the forefront, leaders across the community were enabled to grow as a result of the one-day forum. 

Most notable of the fall term, though, was the complete integration of the College of Communication and Design.  After partnering with the Digital Media Arts Center (DMAC), the university fully welcomed the program’s faculty and students to campus in late August, transforming Lynn’s creative footprint in the process. 

With the spring semester comes additional creative minds to assume top-tier pieces each week alongside an experienced team of editors, looking to continue the iPulse legacy.  Through the new chapter, the new team seeks to inspire, invigorate and energize the Lynn community in a fashion never before seen.  

To forever alter how the student body stays informed this term, iPulse has opted to launch numerous improvements.  For starters, both the editions themselves and the news bins across campus have received entire redesigns.  Coinciding with these makeovers, iPulse will begin publishing expanded editions once per week, widening the overall distribution process.   

Not to mention, the recently established podcast platform will allow yet another forum for us to keep our readers connected to headlines across the community. 

While the editors and production staff may change from one semester to another, the unwavering, ethical approach to responsible journalism remains the same.  With numerous events occurring throughout the spring semester, we look forward to partnering with the Lynn community to foster an environment of dialogue on relevant topics.  

On behalf of the entire iPulse staff, we thank all Fighting Knights for your continued engagement with our publication through the years.  As we continue on our ongoing mission, we look forward to connecting with our readers.  In the coming semester, grow with us as journalists and storytellers, fueling Lynn’s innovative vision for the future. 

Shawn Johnson

Shawn Johnson, member of the 3.0 accelerated degree program, is a sophomore. Having grown up in Birmingham, Ala., Johnson established an unwavering love for college athletics in his youth. Wanting to connect his love for sports with his passion for writing, he has identified sports journalism as the ultimate goal of his academic endeavors at Lynn. As such, Johnson is a multimedia journalism major. Within his collegiate interests, he hopes to follow in the footsteps of former Fighting Knight and current ESPN reporter Lisa Kerney. Outside of iPulse, he was a contributing writer for the Palm Beach Post as well. In his second year, there is still much more in the tank for his career preparation at Lynn. All the while, he is immensely proud of the Alabama Crimson Tide for recently winning their 17th overall national championship. Thankful for the opportunities he has received thus far, Johnson is eager to grow alongside his peers in the College of Communication and Design.

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