I’m so grateful to be the opinion editor this year, and I’m really excited to see how my writers and I will work to improve this desk. In years past, I’ve felt like the opinion desk hasn’t truly represented the opinions, perspectives and narratives of all of our readers. That said, my three major goals for this year are to increase community engagement, to sharpen the opinions we publish and to diversify our writing staff.
My team and I will strive to meet the first two goals internally. The third goal, however, comes with an ask for you all.
The Daily Tar Heel has historically been a predominantly white, liberal-leaning, echo chamber. Consequently, the opinion desk’s demographics have reflected that. The consequences of this are two-fold, as our lack of diversity excludes underrepresented writers and severely limits the breadth of perspectives from which we can write.
My desk's mission to diversify our staff is not about stroking our progressive egos for the sake of having a postcard-worthy staff. This effort is about producing the best content possible while simultaneously uplifting the voices and opinions of marginalized folks in our community.
I truly believe, especially when it comes to opinion writing, that it is important to elevate the perspectives of folks across lines of race, class, gender, sexuality, nationality, partisanship, etc.