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That simply isn’t in the job description

What’s the problem with political jokes? They get elected.

I have countless more jokes I could share at the expense of American politics, and even more opinions. I could explain in great detail who I believe should be the next president of the United States (and Zimbabwe at that).

I could spend hours discussing the number of problems and successes America has recently had and maybe even persuade some of you. Like most journalists, I am outwardly cynical and pessimistic. I have an opinion about every issue, which I would love to share with anyone who will listen.

However, I refuse to do any of those things, because that simply isn’t my job (that and the fact that most of you probably couldn’t care less who the president of Zimbabwe is.) My “job” as managing editor of this publication is to be invisible.

I had a number of ideas for what this column should be about – how I would explain the future of journalism and what I thought it should be, but while randomly surfing the internet, I read some intriguing advice.

It was given by someone somewhat unexpected, guitar legend Jimi Hendrix; he said, “Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.” And as I doubt I am still young enough to know everything, I have decided it is time for me to listen.

While I said I was outwardly cynical, I have always been an optimist at heart. I believe in change and a progressive society, and I also believe that through listening to others ideas, not by enforcing my own, positive changes can be achieved.

The reason publications exist, is because of you, the reader – plain and simple. Therefore, my job is what you think my job should be.

My goal for the next five months is to listen to your thoughts, your opinions and your ideas. I hope this publication is your voice, as that is its intention.

If ever a student feels misrepresented or unrepresented, then I have not done my job.

I was once told minds are like parachutes, they work best when open; therefore, I am wiping the slate clean. I want to know what you have to say and why. I hope to account for every opinion and hopefully give you something to think about.

I can’t change your mind, nor will I try, but what I can do, is provide for you all the facts and information so you can make up your own mind.

Editorials are usually the writer’s opinion and voice, but not this one. This is dedicated to you reading and forming your own thoughts.

The plans I have for this publication are not to persuade one way or the other; they are simply to listen and repeat, to inform.

My plans are your plans; my goals are your goals; my thoughts are your thoughts.

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