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I have found that in publishing, as in life, the simplest questions are often the hardest to answer. One such question came to me the other day when a friend asked why I “care so much” for the Pioneer Business Review, and publishing in general. My original response was “because it matters.” But the more I got to thinking, it certainly does not always seem that way.
The news business in general is going through an interesting period. Not simply is the way we deliver news changing, but so is how we interact with it. We live in a time when anyone with a phone and an opinion can grab the world’s attention. We are loath to believe big media sources, deeming them mouthpieces of special interests. We tend to trust the lone voice of the protester over the beating drums of mainstream media despite overwhelming evidence—and sometimes because of it. We credit our governments less and our whistleblowers more but still cling to our old ideas patriotic loyalties. But mostly we believe what we want and go to our preferred media outlet to reinforce those beliefs, not the other way around. In this postmodern mind-game of a world, the news is relative.
Somewhere in this environment of information, misinformation, and the shades of grey in between, I believe there is still room for thoughtful insights on the events that shape our world. I believe the hours of researching, analyzing, and writing help develop writers as critical thinkers and broaden audience’s view on the world.
I am proud to say that during my year at the Pioneer Business Review the editing team and writing staff have done just that as they grew as investigators and deliverers of thoughtful stories. They have developed a reputation for responsible and discerning reporting that has captured the attention of our own students as well as our school’s faculty and administration. This year alone the team has covered some of the most pressing topics of our four years: from DU network headaches to international calamities; all with an eloquence and perceptiveness that never ceases to amaze me.
I have never viewed the Pioneer Business Review as solely a business newspaper but rather a response to what my colleagues and I see as a need for analytical reporting and investigative freedom here at DU. It has become a vehicle for the Daniels and DU community and an outlet for the high quality, research-driven news and opinions that the community deserves.
That is why I “care so much” for this paper and what it represents. In the words of Yeats, I value honest investigation that does not fill not merely “fill the pale” of our audience’s and writers’ minds, but rather “lights the fire” of their intellectual curiosity.
I am proud to have worked at the Pioneer Business Review for three years and to have helped it grow into the trusted brand that it is today. I will miss it terribly. But I go knowing that I am leaving behind a reputable Daniels institution and a capable team ready to take on the next big story.
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