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When the news broke over the resignation of President Donald Trump’s Ukrainian envoy, all eyes turned to Arizona State’s student newspaper. 

The breaking news wasn’t discovered by a national newspaper or a renowned journalist with 30 some years of experience. It was a 20-year-old college student who wrote the story read by thousands of people.

In this day and age, journalism is not a popular field to pursue a career in and the amount of negative reactions student journalists receive seem to be endless. Amid struggling newsrooms across the country and the era of “fake news,” sometimes it really does seem like journalism is dying. However, when you really think about it, journalism can never die. Yes, it’s a changing field, but the news will always need to be told. It’s student journalists like the one from Arizona State that won’t let it die. 

Student media is never given the appreciation it deserves. As editors, we spend late nights in the newsroom twice a week and sacrifice our time and sleep. Sometimes our jobs require us to drop everything we are doing to cover a breaking news story. Being a student journalist is a tough job, but the news we break and the stories we tell are important. No matter how many late nights there are or sacrifices we make, our jobs matter. 

Whether it’s a national news story involving the president or a local story about a community festival, it is our job to continuously strive to bring important information to light. 

The future of journalism lies in the hands of student journalists, and this will never be something we take lightly.