A Bittersweet Ending

The Community Journalism class which produced The Durham Voice and Carrboro Commons this semester

The Community Journalism class that produced The Durham Voice and Carrboro Commons this semester.

There is always something bittersweet about an ending, and this semester is no exception. Yesterday was our last class together, our final content is up online and our print edition will hit the stands tomorrow. In less than 24 hours, I will officially no longer be part of the Durham Voice’s staff, and as a graduating senior I don’t even have the option to continue working with the publication last week like some of my fellow classmates.

It’s as final as my graduation invitations.

But before crying all over the place about the ending, I would like to say that I’m incredibly proud of our work this semester. Our team really dove into the Durham community and we tried our best to apply our growing knowledge of community journalism to accurately portray all the great programs and attack some of the bigger issues of the neighborhoods. We definitely gave 110% and I think that shows in our product. Our professor Jock says that it’s the best semester of each publication, and that’s a pretty high compliment.

We had great support from the students we were involved with at the high schools around Durham as we passed along tidbits of information we wished we had known sooner in our journalism careers. We revamped our website and included some great additions (thanks to Brian Fanney), we had a writer (Caitlin Owens) specialize in investigative journalism and we started this blog and really began to focus on our social media. We also had excellent writers and editors, and, of course, a great professor.

Yet we are not the real stars. The unsung heroes of the semester are; are all the individuals who helped us along the way, quietly and without much fuss and our sources and models for our photos. Thank you so much for letting us into your lives and work and talking to us. You trusted us, and that speaks volumes about the good character of Durham.  There have been countless community leaders, teachers, students and our NCCU counterparts that not only contributed to our publication but who also worked with us to make us better individual journalists.  They accepted us and helped us along the way numerous times. Our wonderful semester wouldn’t have been possible without y’all.

I can honestly say that my experience with the Durham Voice and our community journalism class has been one of the most informative and one of the most helpful. I am terribly sad to see this end, but I am happy with what has been left behind and I look forward to whatever the future holds.

I’m looking forward to see what the next semester does with the Durham Voice. You have my best wishes and I look forward to reading the site next year!

By: Allie Barnes

In regards to our last post about votes for the Best Local Restaurant in NECD, we did not receive any votes. We’ll try again!


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