There are journalists who believe simply having the role of a DEI officer will solve all of our problems. But those who know, know — no one has to say you don’t belong for you to feel it.
Two BIPOC journalists are not going to singlehandedly fix our newsroom. We expect the entire staff to take on the labor and responsibility for reporting with care, and this year’s leadership is more than willing. But we can lead the way to set a foundation that will only grow stronger once we graduate, starting with Elevate.
For too long, journalists from marginalized communities have been discouraged from covering their own cultures due to archaic objectivity rules. But I believe a reporter’s identity only adds to the story. That’s what Elevate celebrates.
I’m proud of the journalism the DTH has produced. We sued the University into releasing sexual assault sanctions (just 15 since 2007, by the way). We’ve held the University accountable for shady Silent Sam dealings, buildings named after white supremacists, COVID-19 failings.
But that wouldn’t be possible without the work of activists over the past decades. And it’s the coverage that comes after that will define the DTH’s legacy – will we truly bring justice to sexual assault survivors? Give credit to the people who deserve it?
I believe in the DTH’s mission. I believe in student journalism. That’s why I want it to improve, because we can only be our best if we include everyone.