Editor’s note: A 30 column is a chance for departing permanent staff to say farewell and reflect on their time spent in The Daily Texan’s basement office. The term comes from the old typesetting mark (-30-) to denote the end of a line.
Journalism is not dead. Just ask the group of baggy-eyed misfits who consider a basement office more of a clubhouse than a newsroom. Ask the kids who understand that the experience of chasing a lead is far more valuable than any professor’s lecture and that seeing your work published and occasionally picked up nationally carries far more weight than any grade on an assignment. The experiences we’ve had have provided much more than sleepless nights and mediocre grades. My friends at The Daily Texan have taught me that, while platforms will evolve, basic journalistic principles, tenacity and commitment still apply.