All the letters I’ve written during my almost year as editor-in-chief focus on something important to me.
As a reporter, a letter is a rare chance to express myself through my writing. I’ve loved the opportunity to share my worries, goals and accomplishments with readers throughout the Columbia community.
It feels surreal that this will be the last time my signature will sit at the bottom of a page in a print edition. For a while, I’ve tried to think about what I wanted to write about, and I finally decided that it would be best to finish with what I’m proudest of — my team.
You may see my picture and name on the newsletter, but all of our content — the articles you read, the photos you love, the designs you are fascinated by and the Instagram posts you repost — are made possible by a fantastic group of Daily Gamecock staffers.
I want to commend my leadership team especially. I don’t think many people realize the hours and hours these students spend working on content for the newspaper on top of school, jobs and other responsibilities. They’re often in the newsroom until the early morning, working on everything from student senate recaps to page design.
If there is anything you take away from my letters and The Daily Gamecock’s work this past year, I hope it is an understanding of how dedicated everyone on staff is to providing you with the best content possible.
Not only are my leadership team members some of the most hard-working and talented journalists I know, but they’re also my best friends and the part I’ll miss the most when I leave my position this semester.
Those long hours in the newsroom are tiring, but they’re worth it when I have such a great group of people by my side. Writing my last print edition letter isn’t so sad when I know many of them will continue to build and improve this paper even when I’m gone.
Good luck to my team and friends. I’m excited for everything ahead!
Forever to thee,