That’s what she said

A s some may know, I wear many hats on this campus aside from just being the Editor-in-Chief of The Guidon. I am a cadet, a student, an intern, a published journalist and the Public Affairs Officer (PAO) in the Corps. We at Norwich all carry with us a selection of covers, ready to switch out to fit the situation. Even I do not need a code flag to tell me who I need to be at any given time.

But, what happens when these different roles we play cross? I was recently faced with this dilemma when I was writing the story in this issue on recognition. I pride myself on my journalistic ability, but this one was difficult to piece together while withholding my own bias.

As a cadet, I was supportive of the delay. As a journalist, I was happy for the big story. But, as the PAO I was defensive.

I was worried for the image issues that would conflict with the strong front our cadet leadership worked hard to put out all year. That bias began to influence my ability to give you the truth. And then I realized, while I was transcribing the interviews for my story, that sometimes you have to remove all of your hats and accept the fact that you are one person created by your experiences. The story you have in your hands has come from the PAO, a cadet, and your favorite Editor-in-Chief all wrapped up into one.

They are the facts balanced by my mixed emotions which I think makes it a fair story.


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