The Daily Tar Heel

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Sunday January 24th

Column: Help us pick a new leader

If you’ve read The Daily Tar Heel enough this year, you know a lot has changed. Financial difficulties have required us to adapt if we want to survive. I’ve done everything I can to make sure our coverage meets your expectations, while also figuring out the changing media environment — and trying to maintain a decent GPA. 

We appreciate the support we’ve received, and I have personally enjoyed getting to know a lot of you. That being said, my time leading this paper is coming to an end. 

While I am sad to be leaving this position, I wanted to let you all know about two opportunities to help the DTH. 

First, my departure means that it is time to pick a new editor, and we want you to be involved in the process. We’re looking for students and community members to join the editor-selection committee. This is a chance to have direct control over the editorial vision of the DTH in the coming year. 

You can meet the new editor, ask what their plans are, let them know what went well and what didn’t. Heck, you can even tell them why I did an awful job — I am fine with that, as long as it makes the DTH better in the future. 

I ask that you come to help build up the DTH, not just knock down the institution. If you’ve read my columns, you will know I am well aware that this paper isn’t perfect, but the people within the organization are what makes it special. The person who becomes the editor-in-chief wields a lot of power, and we should all strive to make sure that the editor has integrity.

For me, the ideal editor is a person who is comfortable with failure, but who always looks to make the paper’s content better. Maybe more importantly, they should be a good role model for the upcoming generation of student journalists. 

It’s a unique position to be in as a 20-something. It is tough, and often thankless, but it is important. 

Being on the editor-selection committee is a privilege. I know more than anyone that the weeks following editor selection are when most soul-searching and building occurs at the DTH. Much of what I did in my first weeks as editor came from conversations with people on my selection committee. 

Second, as always, we’re still looking for donations. We're almost to our goal of raising $25,000 in a month. We thank you for the support and ask for a little more help in getting to the finish line. Giving money will help provide next year’s DTH staff with more resources and opportunities to continue journalistic education. A good editor can only do so much without support. 

I know this is a lot to ask from our audience, but I hope if you’re reading this, you recognize the importance of this moment in DTH history. The future of the DTH is bright — I see it every day. Together, we can craft a more community-oriented DTH. 

editor@dailytarheel.com 

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