A Professor of mine once told me, “If you seek to change to the world, then journalism is the perfect weapon.” I’ve tried to remember this throughout my time at Post, and at The Pioneer. When I first arrived at the newspaper, it was being totally remodeled and revamped. When my co-Editor and I took over we wanted to continue to build up The Pioneer’s reputation as a solid, trustworthy news source. This goal was not reached easily, however, it was both a challenge and a struggle.
It is nearly impossible to please and satisfy everyone. This is true in journalism and in life. No matter what kind of story is printed, there is bound to be some party that is not thrilled with the content. Of course, it is the reader’s right to voice their dissatisfaction with a particular story, just as much as it is the journalist’s right to chronicle the event. It becomes something different, however, when another party tries to hinder any type of information that could be used by a writer to provide a fair and balanced story.
When there is censorship, the truth is distorted. It is putting the public at a disadvantage, and ultimately manipulating the news to reflect a certain view or idea. A press can never be called free if the news it prints is restricted.
This is where The Pioneer will forge on. Despite the bumps we’ve hit in the road to objectivity and truth, we have always, and will always remember our purpose. Our loyalty lies with what is true, and we hope the Pioneer continues to serve the LIU Post community. As Editor in Chief of TIME, inc, Henry Anatole Grunwald, once said
“Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.”
It has truly been an honor to work on this publication, and I thank those who have supported and stuck with us through it all.
Truth will out.
Editor in Chief