Life as a DTH editor is, among many other things, an automatic friendship between you and your fellow editors whether you like it or not.
You spend SO much time with them that it would be social suicide to attempt to be a lone wolf in the newsrooms. Eating, working, stressing, studying, drinking, partying, crying, even dating all happen to some capacity with your fellow editors. So if you don’t like the people you work with, then you may as well quit because you are going to spend 8 hours a day during the week looking at them and then another 8 hours partying with them on the weekends.
One of the realizations that dawned on me this weekend during the annual DTH retreat to the boonies of Chapel Hill was that I really am glad I work with these people.
Specifically, Grace, Gabbie, Sarah and Holly, the four other news desk editors who work in the “frontshop” circle with me, are some of the funniest, nicest and determined journalists I’ve ever got the privilege of meeting. While none of us were super excited about spending a majority of our Saturday doing team-building exercises instead uhhhhhh other extracurricular activities before our first football game, but we toughed it out and had a good time because we were together and we were determined to make our paper as incredible as the students and community that we serve.
Don’t take this as me saying work is great and we are all best friends and no one is ever ever ever upset at anyone because we just love each other SO much!!!!
You can get sick of people. I am positive people are sick of me. We bicker and fight and talk shit and wanna throw things. But at the end of everyday we know that we are all in this together.
If we want to produce the papers we know we are capable of, then we need to get angry at each other occasionally. Pushing each other is the only way to insure we do not get complacent. And we won’t. Despite the tests and the crappy staff writers and the mysterious office illnesses and slow news days and waaaaay too fast news days, we are not going to lose the reputation the DTH has spent more than a century working to get.