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Does student journalism get the respect it deserves?

Written by Campus Comment, Comment, News

Does what I’m writing out right now actually matter? Does anyone even care?

Usually when I think about this question whilst writing an article for our beloved student newspaper or editing the music section I think: yes of course it does! Someone out there must actually care about what I’ve written or edited and for the most part I truly believe they do. We wouldn’t have such a wonderful paper filled with amazing writers and editors if no one cared. However, I would also argue that student journalism doesn’t get the respect it deserves – both in wider circles and at Newcastle.

The majority of my fellow students are fairly supportive of my endeavours with the Courier. Most show an interest – whether they are actually interested or not is another thing, but at least they have decency to pretend.

However, there is a select few of the student population who are highly disrespectful towards the paper, defaming those who and edit. I love the Courier and it’s been one of my favourite parts of university so far. While I’m not expecting everyone to share that passion, listening to other students berating something which is an enjoyable hobby for many is insensitive and unnecessary. Its interesting that a lot of these complaints come from Newfess – an anonymous confessions page – which probably says a lot about the character of whoever submitted it. I for one think the Courier is “bloody spiffing”.

There have been instances of late where university buildings have taken issue with storing the Courier, a paper which represents the students walking through its doors

Additionally, it can be argued that the University is not perhaps as grateful as it should be to have our paper. There have been instances of late where university buildings have taken issue with storing the Courier, a paper which represents the students walking through its doors. These buildings include the new Frederick Douglass centre and the recently refurbished cafe The Grand. However, it must be said that engagement with the paper from lecturers is appreciated. My lecturers are always supportive of my journalistic endeavours and lecturers feature in the paper fairly regularly.

The importance of student journalism may not seem obvious to everyone but in principle it represents something far more powerful and valuable than words printed on a page. Having a newspaper that comes out each week means our voice is being heard. This is vital, as a young person it can sometimes feel that our thoughts and feelings are forgotten but student journalism gives you an opportunity to have your say.

In short, student journalism does matter, whether you believe it or not is up to you but having a voice is undoubtedly a blessing. So I’m going to keep at it because I bloody love our paper.

Last modified: 25th November 2019

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