About Us

Hatter Network is Stetson University’s student-run media collective. The three facets of the organization include The Reporter, Florida’s oldest collegiate publication, WHAT Radio, an internet radio station, and “Touchstone” Literary and Arts magazine, a yearly journal that publishes the best of student art and writing on campus. The Reporter is printed six times per year, including an orientation issue aimed at first-year students, WHAT Radio streams 24 hours a day, seven days a week at hatternetwork.com, and “Touchstone” is released annually in April. Additionally, every Thursday night, Touchstone hosts Uncouth Hour, an open mic night for Stetson students to unleash their creativity on stage. 

A combination of Stetson University students and faculty members of over 3000 people receive copies of Hatter Network’s publications. All aspects of the the media group are created by the students, for the students.  Opinion is limited to columns and editorials. We welcome and will print letters to the editor, as well as corrections, which should both be emailed to [email protected] 

We reserve the right to edit letters for grammar and space restrictions and will publish no letters that are libelous or defamatory to any staff members, students, administrations or members of the community. We also accept guest editorials, although we reserve the right to edit or decline at our discretion.

A student team operates Hatter Network, and is assisted by a part-time adviser, Crystal Baroni who can be contact via email at [email protected] Other than Ms. Baroni, who is available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m., Austin Carroll Smith will be able to answer questions about advertising in or subscribing to The Reporter. Contact Austin at [email protected] for further inquiries. Questions about back issues or copies of articles should be directed to the authors of those stories you wish to obtain or the duPont-Ball Library archivist. 

The contents of Hatter Network are free to all on-campus students at Stetson University and its contents are widely read by undergraduates, graduate students, faculty members and administrators.

People who do not live on campus – or are not students at Stetson– can subscribe to The Reporter. With a U.S. postal subscription, each week’s issues will be sent as a package on Friday via Priority Mail. 

Any member of the Stetson community can join the staff. Students can join the news as reporters, tech assistants, show hosts, readers for Touchstone, columnists, photographers, designers, copy editors, or business associates.The time commitment necessary to be a staff member depends entirely on the interest and availability of the staffer, and we are always looking for student volunteers interested in contributing.

A Hatter Network contributor is someone whose occasionally takes part in Hatter Network as a reporter, photographer, show host, or designer, but does not attend regular meetings and nor does he/she necessarily have an in-person relationship with his/her editor. A Hatter Network staffer, on the other hand, attends all meetings and abides by deadlines set by his/her editor, and regularly contributes to the online and in-print content that Hatter Network produces.

If you are interested in joining or contributing to Hatter Network, please contact the editor-in-chief [email protected] or apply directly on HatterSync. 

Vision Statement 2019-2020:

Hatter Network will strive to provide a fusion of unbiased news and creativity, aiming to entertain, educate, and engage the student body. Members of The Reporter magazine, WHAT Radio, and “Touchstone “Literary & Arts Journal will work together as a cohesive whole, playing on each others’ strengths to invigorate the organization in its entirety. We plan to forge a media group that meets our own high standards of excellence and integrity through expression in print and online. Students who are not a part of Hatter Network will look forward to the content we create because will involve them: their thoughts, their ideas, their input, their way of thinking. Ultimately, student media at Stetson University will be a representation of just that: the students. And because we are serving our peers, we will be honest in the stories we tell. Because if we don’t tell them, who will?

To view our staff manual & constitution:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZmGiaoBXFOa5YIiVFu16AFWHbBFzhUA1Kvj31VVHG6s/edit?usp=sharing