When I applied to be editor-in-chief over a year ago, I had no idea of the challenges I was about to face. This position tested my limits (and at times, my patience), forced me to make tough decisions, pushed me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to grow.
I am proud of the overall result. I believe that the Southern Accent has established itself as an objective, reliable news source, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of it.
We at the Accent have covered breaking news, crime, wavering and waning COVID-19 restrictions, cultural movements and more. Each member of the team played a crucial role, and I want to thank everyone for their hard work. I’ve seen the hours everyone put into making each issue as accurate, fair and balanced as possible; and I am truly grateful for each one of you.
I especially want to recognize Alana Crosby, next year’s editor-in-chief. Thank you for taking on the role and for your dedication to student journalism. I’ve seen you grow in your position as Collegedale news editor, and I have full confidence that you will continue the Accent’s mission to provide objective, accurate news and to be the voice of the student body.
I also want to thank Professor Alva Johnson for her support, guidance and mentorship. She always made time to sit down and talk whenever I needed help or advice, and she has been a strong advocate for independent student journalism.
I also need to give a shout-out to my “co-editors” and housemates, Camryn Clark and Bailey DuBose. They helped me in nearly every aspect of the newspaper — finding stories, sources and news angles; helping me make administrative decisions and listening whenever I needed to talk things through. Thank you for being there for me.
And finally, I want to thank God, because it is only through divine intervention that I have survived this year. I have seen His hand work through several difficult situations regarding the newspaper, and recognizing those works confirmed my faith.
This year was extremely challenging, but I’ve personally and professionally grown as a result of it. The experience was stressful in the moment, but now that it’s over, I am grateful for it. Thank you, Southern Adventist University, for having entrusted me with this responsibility.