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Priest: The Springfield Student is important now more than ever

By Danny Priest
@dpriest3

When I first stepped foot on the campus of Springfield College four years ago, I was a wide-eyed freshman in the communications/sports journalism major.

Back then I only thought of writing about sports. It didn’t take long for both my mentality and attitude to change. Journalism is storytelling, and uncovering truths that matter in real time.

Now, I am lucky enough to share the role of Editor-in-Chief for The Springfield Student with my talented friend Jack Margaros. 

Jack and I are fortunate to have a tremendously dedicated staff around us who are committed to telling excellent stories and producing honest, important journalism to serve the Springfield College campus community.

However, this column is a lot bigger than me, Jack or anyone else on the staff.

As you read this right now, I can probably guess where you are. If you are a Springfield College student, you should be isolated in your dorm room enjoying the company of your friends and them only.

If you are a faculty or staff member, alum, or parent then you are either staying home reading this, or out in public (wearing a mask, I trust) and checking it out on your phone.

The truth is: we are about to live through an unprecedented next three months. Nobody at Springfield College has ever gone to school during a pandemic. Teachers haven’t taught like this before. No one can be sure what’s next or ever feel completely safe.

However, I believe that’s where we come in. The Springfield Student has always been important, but this year I believe it’s more important than ever before.

We have so much going on right now. First and foremost, our duty is to report on the state of coronavirus as it affects our campus. You as our readers deserve that, and I can guarantee that is our biggest priority this year.

That is not the only issue, however. For one, our country is at a breaking point for social injustice, and it is our duty to report on the Black Lives Matter movement here on campus.

Systemic racism has been embedded into our nation’s mentality for too long, and it’s time that we all become a part of change.

If that’s not enough, we also have one of the most important presidential elections in American history coming up in November.

For the next three months, that’s a lot. It’s why I think we’ve never had a more important year for The Student.

With all that said, here’s what I am telling you: this paper is for you. It’s for the members of the Springfield College community to stay up to date on important information and to learn about what is happening around them.

Have an important story you think needs to be told? Let us know. 

See something happening on campus that you think needs more investigating? Let us know.

All of our contact information can be found on our website (scstudentmedia.com) or on the back page of this newspaper if you are reading a physical copy. 

No story idea is a bad one, and we’re always going to be here to provide the necessary coverage for the campus community. 

We have a lot planned already, but I would love it even more if our content was driven by the students and staff who spend every day on this campus.

For over 100 years, this paper has unified our campus and kept everyone informed. We intend to do that to the best of our ability at this critically important time.

Our advisor, Marty Dobrow, likes to tell us that journalism is the first draft of history. Over these next three months, I think we’re going to see a lot of history unfold.

So, let’s get to work.

We’re here for you.

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