About the Project

The Optimist iPad application was designed as part of a unique cross-departmental and cross-college collaboration between ACU’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Department of Art & Design and the School of information and Technology.

The Optimist was founded in 1912 as a student news publication at Abilene Christian University. It is a publication of the JMC Network, the student news operation of ACU and is advised by members of the faculty and staff of ACU’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Opinions expressed by sources in news stories are those of the sources and do not necessarily reflect those of the JMC Network staff, the department, the university or its administration. Editorials are the collective opinion of the editorial board, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the department, the university or its administration. Signed columns, cartoons, letters and online comments are the opinions of their authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the JMC Network staff, the department, the university or its administration.