It’s 1:30 a.m. in The Daily Tar Heel office. University Editor Maeve Sheehey is waiting for the last story to come in while simultaneously studying for her history exam the next day.
Co-Photo Editor Maya Carter is making sure that Dustin Duong, assistant photo editor, remembered to eat dinner. He just got back from shooting photos of Student Body President-Elect Reeves Moseley in the moment in which he learned he’d won the election.
It’s hardly different than any other night here at The Daily Tar Heel, where editors and staff work around the clock to do a job that is almost never easy.
It’s an experience we share with thousands of student journalists across the country, who consistently produce high-quality news under challenging circumstances.
I think of the Niner Times, UNC Charlotte’s student newspaper, whose staff displayed extraordinary courage when a fatal shooting occurred on their campus. Though one of their own was in critical condition, the Niner Times staff kept reporting, even on their last day of class. Many were still on lockdown, so they reported mostly from their phones.