Seven years ago I sat in my high school journalism class and made a decision to become a journalist. The idea that I could give a voice to the voiceless was moving and important to me. My freshman year of college I took a journalism course at my previous university. Our first assignment was to write a paper on the importance of journalism to our democracy. We all threw out ideas, chatted, debated and agreed that journalism is important in a democracy for three reasons: without journalism people aren’t informed about significant events, we give a voice to those who do not have one, and we serve as a watchdog to the government. As time has gone on, I have realized how important my role in journalism could actually be.
My responsibility as Editor in Chief of CisternYard News is to supply a platform for College of Charleston students to use their voices. Right now our voices matter more than ever. Use this platform, grow with it, contribute to it, but most importantly — don’t just stop with CisternYard. Be persistent in your beliefs and advocate for them.
When I first received an email from the College unveiling the Year of Women, I instantly knew that it would make a great issue for The Yard. I envisioned a publication embracing growth, women empowerment and success at the College and in Charleston. Use the stories, interviews and all of the beautiful things that have been combined in 40 pages as inspiration what you are capable of doing. Use the Collegiate Curls story for inspiration on bringing together a group of students in times of despair. Take the feature on Dr. Rachel Mckinnon as inspiration to put yourself out there no matter how much backlash you may receive. It’s time for us to step up and be our own voice, be our own inspiration. Let this issue be the beginning of what is to come.