Kayla Handy, Editor in Chief
History was made last week. The Clarion Call stood between a rock and a hard place, our advisor walking the picket lines with deadlines and print dates to meet.
As Editor in Chief, I knew without a doubt in my mind that strike or no strike, The Call was printing. Advisor or no advisor, I was calling my editors in and we were editing our pages, updating the website and sending our finished pages to The Derrick for printing. As a student media outlet and young journalists, we were standing our ground, defending our freedom of speech. Honestly, my team did a freaking good job of doing so.
Some remarks have been made that as students, we should have stood by our professors and striked, ceased production, let the couple thousand copies of The Call that were to be printed Thursday literally be thrown to the curb. To that I say this: there was no way in heck that I was letting a week full of news, of breaking news, heck coverage of events that Clarion University has never seen before, go uncovered.
The number of events that needed covered, tenacity of my editors, diligence of my team as a whole, not only astounded me, but gave me a new profound sense of hope for the world of journalism.
Eagle Media on campus was shut down due to the strike, a large blow to the media and event coverage on campus. As a media junkie, I was shocked and disappointed that Eagle Media was unable to produce the content they wanted and needed to, due to the fact that an advisor needed to be present in order to help produce and monitor the shows.
Freedom of speech is a human right that not only needs protected, but to be acted upon. It is our duty, as student journalists, to stand our ground, to represent the student voice, to act upon our first amendment right to report the news not only with diligence, but with objectivity and poise.
To those that say we should have striked with the professors, I stand my ground. If ever this glorious world would come to an end and all means of social media are gone, you can bet your last dollar that the press will be there, standing on the side line holding the most recent issue. As watchdogs of society, we will continue to report, to represent and provide our readers with the facts and current issues of today’s world. We will be the ones standing on the side line holding a freshly printed front page paper reading: The End is Near.
The end is not near, however, for those journalists who bite at the mention of breaking news, and we never bow down to the formalities of society, believing in anything and everything that a talking T.V. box tells you. Strike or no strike, we fulfilled our duties as journalists, we reported the news, we stayed strong. I am beyond a doubt happy and proud of my team, proud and so utterly grateful that even in the historical event of a strike, they stood strong with me. Our efforts prove to say that print is not dead, nor will it ever be.