When Kristina Chen arrived at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in September, she had no idea her freshman year would be uprooted by a pandemic. Once it was, there wasn’t a road map for transitioning to a radically different, virtual college environment.
Much less running a newspaper at the same time.
As editor-in-chief of The Tech, MIT’s student newspaper, Chen had to scramble when students learned they would be forced to leave campus in a matter of days because of the coronavirus epidemic. From curating a live update page for coronavirus coverage, to pumping out one final print edition, to overseeing a virtual newsroom, her responsibilities mounted as she packed up her dorm.