At times, it seems as though our titles as “student” journalists make it hard to gain the respect of others because we’re not “real” reporters. The Student Press Law Center notes student journalists are written off as participants in a club. Even worse, some universities see student journalists as their personal public relations department.
Nothing could be further from the truth. It takes countless hours of preparation, investigation and reporting to do our jobs. Student journalists work hard to report on campus news, big and small. Like any other news publication, student newspapers are responsible for providing their audience with unbiased and factual information. Student journalists do not work for their universities --- they work for their audience.
The word “student” in front of any word should not make it less worthy of respect, but all the more deserving.
As we strive to grow as journalists, we’d like everyone to view our work in a professional light. Assist us in our fight against those who diligently seek to demean what we do.
We ask that our hard work and dedication to the craft be respected rather than downplayed. In doing so, we ensure that future generations of journalists, writers, and editors will have a stronger foundation to stand upon, and their communities will be informed by individuals driven by the passion for their craft.
Makenzie Hoeferlin, Editor in Chief; Alexis Wisler, Managing Editor; Nicholas BenVenuto, News Editor; Roxanne Roessner, Wright Life Editor