Now, more than ever, it is important for unbiased journalists to be trusted by the public eye; without journalism, this nation would be in the dark. For those who share a passion to discover the truth they must find a place to begin their journey and The East Carolinian (TEC) provides young student journalists with the tools they need to step into the work field and help our nation progress through real facts.
COVID-19 has altered the true college experience for most students, which has caused restrictions on how students may go about joining organizations and clubs on campus. Along with the resources needed to develop into a professional journalist, TEC has acted more as a home away from home rather than an organization alone. The friends I have made through this newspaper, through Pirate Media 1, are the ones who have made my experience here at ECU thus far what it is today.
From receiving multiple Best of Show awards for print publication and online content from the North Carolina College Media Association, to covering all news, arts and entertainment and sport events relevant to the Greenville, North Carolina, and the East Carolina University area, TEC additionally works to create resources to inform students such as One Vote N.C, a collaborative and voters guide created to help inform students about voting and the election process. Annually, TEC hosts events prevalent to important topics in the media such as TECTalk: Navigating the 2020 Election and In Living Color: Journalism in the Age of Black Lives Matter.
Over the last year TEC has worked to report on changes within ECU and the local community due to COVID-19, the 2020 election process, Black Lives Matter movement events, lawsuits within administration at ECU, changes within the visual and performing art community, sport events and a plethora of breaking news which stems out of Greenville and the university. The reporters and editors who have worked to bring these stories to life have all completed the same class within TEC which has allowed them to do so, the Candidate Program.
This semester-long program involves weekly class where Cherie Speller, the interim director of Pirate Media 1 and advisor for TEC, where students will learn the basics of journalism, news reporting, media law and ethics and AP style. Here at TEC, we want our staff to be as prepared as possible and the Candidate Program will prepare those who are interested in journalism not only for the stories they will write now, but those they will craft in the future after graduation.
Tryouts for TEC will continue on Jan. 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m and Jan. 28 from noon to 5 p.m. located in Mendenhall on the Main Floor. Students must have a 2.23 GPA or higher to apply, but all majors are welcome. Those who are interested will need to bring a bluebook, which can be purchased in the Dowdy Student Store, and a pencil.