From the Editor-in-Chief: Great is journalism

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.

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From the Editor: So long and thanks for all the fish

It’s a near impossible task to summarise the past one, two, three years I’ve spent at Perdeby in a single editorial, but the time has come for me to try to.

When I was first year, I never thought being accepted to work at Perdeby, let alone spending three years here, would ever be something I was able to achieve. Fast forward to now and it’s been the biggest and best learning curve I’ve ever had. The things I’ve seen and learnt and the ways in which I have changed is incredibly vast. I’m so glad that I took the chance to join something so great and something that has taught more than my undergraduate degree ever did.

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What happened to open minds, open hearts?

When thinking about what to write about this week, I was very hesitant to address anything protest- and fee-related. With so many news reports and comments flooding social media, I’ve almost reached my limit of opinion, never mind adding my own two cents. But how could I not speak about the biggest thing to rock our campuses in months?

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Jump on the vote boat

It’s that time of year again when the campus lamp-posts are littered with posters, the middle section of our paper is stuffed with newsprint manifestos, and strangers start approaching you with the aim of getting you on their side. This year’s SRC elections take place on 20 September, and if you’re up to date with what is happening on campus, it’s a pretty exciting event.

When you’re involved in student news, it’s easy to forget that not everyone is aware of the SRC or what their roles are supposed to be, but I think over the last few years we have seen that the SRC does have some power within the university to make decisions that can benefit or hinder students. This is why ensuring that we vote for the best candidates is important – we need an SRC that will represent all students and make the right decisions for us and represent us all fairly.

As much as voting is important, it’s equally important to make an informed decision. Take the time to read each candidate’s manifesto, attend the circuses, and think critically about what they promise, as what I’ve learnt from numerous intake interviews is that a person can look great on paper but in real life, their actions do not match their talk.

With the current atmosphere on campus and more and more student needs coming to light, it is our responsibility to elect candidates who will address these issues and ensure the best outcomes. Remember that your vote does matter, and that if you feel that the SRC doesn’t represent or affect you now, you have the opportunity to change that in a matter of one day.

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