It's been an exciting year for voice. We started the year off with a rookie staff ready to learn to text wrap, write snappy ledes and probe some important issues on campus. We end the year, with our tenth and final issue, with a group of accomplished photographers, editors, design gurus and writers who stay up late in Steele to eat Jujubees and produce what we think is a pretty great newspaper.
We began the year with a barely-there website and will end it with a fully-updated Wordpress site with blogging and commenting capabilities (thanks, Mary and Matt). At her welcome reception, President-Elect Lori Bettison-Varga was particularly thrilled to see that voice has pushed through into the digital era. Now, alumnae, parents, students and Scripps enthusiasts can check out our student-run publication with the click of a mouse.
Throughout the year, we urged you to write in, to use voice as a forum. And you did, and we couldn't be more pleased. Conversations were sparked on important issues facing our campus, and we are hopeful that these conversations continue in full force.
Over spring break, we attended the New York Times Student Editors Conference at the snazzy new building in Times Square where digital headlines are projected in the lobby and snapshots of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists line the hallways. (There were, sadly, no Spiderman sightings.) We were proud (and very cold) to be the only West Coasters among 100 Eastern editors. Gawking, we walked into the conference room where we had the opportunity to hear famous editors, columnists and photographers talk about the newspaper industry, the importance of journalistic integrity, the transition to the internet and how to write a NYT worthy headline.
Though the fate of the newspaper industry is uncertain—even pretty bleak—we left New York feeling energized about journalism and especially about voice. Journalism will always exist; people will always report; information will be disseminated; and discourse will continue. Newspapers are a pretty handy vehicle, but conversation and the thirst for information predate printed news and will outlast the apocalypse.
As the economy plummets and newspapers shut down nationwide (RIP Seattle Post-Intelligencer), student-run newspapers like voice are in a unique position. For now at least, we're not affected too much; like it or not, we're here to stay. With our funds secured from SAS (thank you, SAS), we can continue publishing with only a vague glance Eastward to trouble in Times Square. The conference reminded us that we should never take newspapers for granted—as timeless and immortal—but that we should cherish newspapers, even or especially small publications like voice that we can truly make our own. We should read and interact with newspapers because they allow us to keep up and get heard.
While we have deposited our theses with the registrar and are currently en route to Elm Tree Lawn and the diplomas that await us, we're thrilled to leave voice in the capable hands of our talented staff and of the Scripps student body. As long as Scripps students continue to engage, read and care, voice will be around, gracing the mail room benches and Motley tables every other Friday.
Thank you, Scripps College, for a wonderful year. We're infinitely honored to have served this campus as Co-Editors-in-Chief of voice, and we look forward to receiving alumnae copies for many, many years to come.