Hey, Gators. Some of you don’t know us yet, others have come to know us very well through those obnoxiously bright, battered orange news boxes.
Whether you’ve just hopped off I-75 or you’re a UF veteran who’s surprised that construction is still happening, allow us to introduce ourselves: Hello, we’re The Alligator.
We have a long legacy of holding institutions accountable and not worrying about the consequences — becoming independent over 50 years ago because we ran an insert with local abortion clinic addresses was risky. But we’re not letting up yet.
This semester we are committed to continue doing what we do best: telling you the truth. The truth about the university’s big donors, its presidential search, its encroachment on historically Black neighborhoods and more. We will give you the latest on UF, Gainesville and Alachua County this election year as we delve deeper into our college town’s significant political influence.
We’re a newsroom of around 60 students with varying levels of experience, but a common goal to inform the community about what matters most to them. Our team is world class, working around the clock to bring you bold coverage through our daily and longform content.
The Alligator has never shied away from newsroom-wide investigations — even when powerful figures don’t want us to. Projects like Crossing Gainesville, Following Up and Facing The Numbers got to the heart of problems in the community, and we plan to keep that tradition.
We have plenty of pressing issues on our plate this semester: the U.S. Supreme Court’s unprecedented decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the effects of national and state politics on UF, gun violence and police brutality. We’ve provided hard-hitting news the community depends on before, and it’s a challenge we’re ready to take on once again.
If you walk by an orange news box on campus or around town, don’t just pass us by. Every Monday, you can count on us for a fresh paper filled with the week’s most important headlines.
Take a peek inside the box every now and then. We don’t think you’ll regret it.
The Editorial Board is made up of the Editor-in-Chief, Digital Managing Editor, Engagement Managing Editor and Opinions Editor.