In an interview for this 125th anniversary paper, Emily Steel contrasted The Daily Tar Heel experience to that at legacy papers.
“Everyone who works (at the DTH) is always young, and they’re always fresh,” Steel, now a reporter for The New York Times, said. “For these people there never was a way things were done before, because they’re the ones doing it now.”
Reflecting on this anniversary paper — and on my own four years on Rosemary Street — I’ve come to realize just how much Steel’s statement resonates. Since I joined the State & National Desk fall semester of my first year, I’ve observed and learned. That’s what we’ve all done.
I wondered how Sarah Brown, class of 2015, could possibly balance taking interviews from Board of Governors members and editing, having just returned from a run. And I laughed at the spare blazer she always kept in her trunk. I learned that 15 sources for a news story does not equate to 14-16 inches, basically ever. I listened intently as editor after editor shared pieces of DTH lore, stories of their triumphs and corrections.
No day at the DTH is the same, and yet the newspaper creates a lineage. It’s a connection built upon the shared experiences interviewing, the dinners we’ve salvaged with stale Cheetos from the vending machines, the realizations that a single weekend can hold a massive on-campus protest, an NCAA hearing in Nashville and the first week of classes.