Friday, 8 May 2015

A final note from the editor - Epigram editorial (8 May 2015)

This issue will be the last of the 2014-15 academic year, meaning that, while our website will continue to be updated over the next few weeks and months, readers will have to wait until the autumn for another print issue.

I’m very excited by the content in the paper, which includes reaction to Thursday’s surprise General Election results and interviews with our Vice-Chancellor, the Bristol Mayor and Winston Churchill’s granddaughter.

As with all of the issues this year, it makes me very proud of my colleagues, who have put in massive amounts of work during assessment period, and throughout 2014-15.

To sustain a fortnightly, high-quality 56-page publication and frequently updated website without any paid roles, as a group of students who all partake alongside their studies, is no mean feat. To smash records in the way that we have done this year makes me immensely proud.

A total of 13 stories have been picked up by national news outlets, including BBC News, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, Private Eye and The Huffington Post.

I would like to thank all of our section editors, sub-editors, writers, photographers and illustrators. This is not to forget our Webmaster, cartoonist or crossword designer.

I would also like to thank our Business Team, who work incredibly hard behind the scenes to source adverts, organise events and oversee distribution.

In April, we won a national award for Best Use of Digital Media, seeing off competition from the top student publications in the country.

It can’t be exaggerated how proud I am of the wonderful group of people I have had the pleasure of working alongside throughout the year.

The standards our team have set are extremely high. But I am confident that next year can be Epigram’s best ever. Our writers and editors have put in an unprecedented amount of hard work, countless freedom of information requests, multiple long nights either in the Epigram office or running liveblogs, be it Varsity, Students’ Union elections, the General Election or our own Question Time event.

I would like to thank everyone for reading, whether it be avidly or just flicking through the issue that turns up in your living room every month or so. But most of all, I would like to thank those around me, who make me a lot more optimistic about the future of journalism.

Finally, I would like to say a special thank you to Anna Fleck and Victoria Halman, our Deputy Editors. I can’t stress how lucky my colleagues and I have been to work alongside such dedicated, talented and fantastic individuals, who will go onto great things in the world of journalism. It truly has been a privilege, and I look forward to seeing Epigram continue to grow and develop over coming years as well as keeping in touch with current editors and writers.

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