The Daily Tar Heel has been publishing editorials roughly since its inception in 1893. Editorials are written by the paper’s editorial board. The board is part of The Daily Tar Heel’s opinion desk, which also includes regular columnists and cartoonists.
The Editorial Board is comprised of 15 board members, plus The Daily Tar Heel’s opinion editor, assistant opinion editor and editor-in-chief. We meet twice a week in The Daily Tar Heel’s office to discuss the latest news and develop strategies to address these issues from an intersectional perspective.
Though we are independent from The Daily Tar Heel’s newsroom, we share a symbiotic relationship in that we almost always rely on their reporting to provide a foundation for our work. In short, we comment on the news that the newsroom reports.
Editorials are unsigned. They don’t reflect the opinion of any one person, but rather the consensus of the board as a whole, influenced by the values it has held for the past 127 years. Just as The Daily Tar Heel itself values truth and transparency, the Board values integrity, accountability, creativity and fairness. We control our values, but even more so, they control us, guiding and shaping the ways we address questions of Carolina’s future, past and present.
I think this passage from “Aim of the Paper,” written in 1932, summarizes well our perennial mission: