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Helen Thomas said, “We don’t go into journalism to be popular. It is our job to seek the truth and put constant pressure on our leaders until we get answers.”
Every year our final edition marks the end of the academic year and the start of exams. We reflect on the news of the year gone by and set our sights on the challenges the following year may bring. Fees Must Fall has, however, decided differently for us this year, and it had to be expected considering the government’s lack of engagement with students since then. It has been a taxing two years for you as student and for Perdeby as a publication. We’ve seen exponential growth in our digital platforms and because of this we had to rethink the way we present the news.
We started this year with a death on campus and from there we truly didn’t slow down. We saw Outsourcing Must Fall protests, heightened security on campus, Afrikaans Must Fall protests, violent clashes between students, more security on campus, SRC misconduct (numerous times), student suspensions, lifting of suspensions, a municipal election, changes in language policy, transformation discussions, disrupted SRC elections, Olympics, hate speech, cancelation of Spring Day, Serenade and its controversies, Fees Must Fall with disruptions, student arrests, discussions and even more security and police on campus.
And these are only some of the front pages we published. We published numerous web exclusives and produced tons of multimedia content.
We entertained and informed the student body throughout 2016 and we did it as a team, a family, a professional bunch of misfits who contributed to the legacy of this publication. Our focus has been on more inclusive content and I hope you picked up on our attempts. It isn’t always easy to cater for such a diverse demographic but I truly feel this year’s editorial managed to do so.
What people fail to realise is that the people working here are student journalists who are in a development environment. But the standards to which they are held attest to the quality they produce. We come under the same scrutiny as veteran reporters and mainstream media. This attests to the value this publication brings to its readers.
Perdeby’s editorial are only student journalists in relation to this student publication. In actual fact they can all stand proud next to any field journalist or editor out there. They are professionals. I thank every one of them for their commitment, dedication and love for this publication.
I believe that they left a legacy for the 2017 editorial to build on and rest assured that we will keep providing you as student with relevant content that will inform and entertain.
Thank you Mothusi, Shen, Nikita, Herman, Carli, Huvasan, Chad, Michal and the rest of the editorial. You are a wonderful team and I wish you all the best on your way forward. Whatever you take on in future will turn to gold.
I leave you with a quote from the founder and editor of the New-York Tribune, Horace Greeley: “Journalism will kill you, but it will keep you alive while you’re at it.”