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Time To Say Goodbye: Reflections on a Year of Gaudie

In their final Editors' Note, Isabelle and Josh look back on the ups and downs of the last year

By Josh Pizzuto-Pomaco & Isabelle Hampton-Zabotti

Ours is a business of deadlines. Two weeks to print. Distribution tomorrow. A month until that grant is due.

Yet, time slips away and before you know it, it's someone else's turn in the ring.

So let's take a look back.

We've accomplished so much this year. Some might say it's been the best year ever for The Gaudie, and we'd humbly agree. Yet, it's not been without challenges.

Over the summer we covered the ongoing marking boycott, uncovering controversial comments by our Principal, George Boyne, and in October, we covered the SNP’s conference at the P&J Live.

And then, our focus turned to the most pressing issue of the day: the future of modern languages.

We all came together: staff, students, and alumni.

We covered every twist and turn of the saga, from the devastating news that redundancies were being considered, to the joyous moment when University management relented on their threats.

March marked 90 years of Gaudie, and held a gala, hosting contributors, alumni, and friends of the paper.

This excellence has been recognised.

We were named Best Student Publication in Scotland for the first time ever. Our team won Best Design at the recent SPA national awards, along with gongs for Best Reporter and Best News Story.

To the next Gaudie team, here's a few suggestions.

Don't shy away from controversy. Speak up for what is right.

When it's three o'clock in the morning, and you're finishing a news story or formatting for production, remember these words.

As student journalists, we have the opportunity to change our campus for the better. Our work can present the best our university has to offer. It's a powerful position to have.

We must make sure our words are being used for good.

Above all, we must be led by the pursuit of truth.

We (Isabelle and Josh) have been immensely gratified by the last year. The efforts of our team have been amazing.

While it's bittersweet to move on, we have nothing but confidence in those carrying on the work of The Gaudie.

We are the best because we have the best people.

And that's not going to change any time soon.


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