Letter from the Editor: Ashley Bowden

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It’s surreal that the day has finally come where I am writing my final piece for the Pioneer. My time working on this publication has been the highlight of my collegiate career, and I’m both heartened and saddened to bid it farewell.

To all the dedicated staff members with their stellar reporting skills and passion for the truth, I thank you for your phenomenal work over the time I’ve known you. I have complete faith in the next generation of Pioneer editors, and I’m excited to see how they excel as they move up to bigger and better opportunities.

The Pioneer staff of spring 2020 deserves a bit of special recognition; journalism is a constantly evolving field, so an adaptable reporter is invaluable. Amidst campus closures, social-distancing and a global pandemic, our outstanding staff members stuck through any and all challenges COVID-19 threw their way.

Initially, I was heartbroken that we wouldn’t be able to print our paper anymore in the middle of the semester, but thanks to the determined team of reporters that uphold this publication, the Pioneer went completely digital, uploading new top-quality stories every single week. I can’t properly express how proud I am that we all persevered until the very end.

It was in the Pioneer newsroom where I recognized my passion for reporting, and I’d never have stepped foot inside there had it not been for the encouragement of Professor Carolyn Levin, who formerly advised the paper. She, along with all the previous staff members who showed me the ropes, trained me to be the journalist I am today. I never would have imagined an acting major would become Co-Editor-in-Chief of her college newspaper, and love every second of it, even when the going got tough.

I have nothing but love in my heart for the Pioneer and the friends I’ve made through it. I’ve learned a lot about who I am and what I can do, and I feel ready to dive into the next steps I’m to take as a journalist in the professional world.

To our readers, thank you for your continued support, and please continue striving to be well-informed individuals.

Yours truly,
Ashley Bowden
Co-Editor-in-Chief

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