Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 8, No. 12. September 19, 1945
Editorial [for Salient Vol. 8, No. 12. September 19, 1945]
This is the final issue of "Salient" for the year, and it is now timely and customary to review briefly the "Salient" of 1945 and to consider the "Salient" of 1946.
It can be fairly claimed that this year has been a relatively successful one as far as the paper is concerned. We have been fortunate enough to maintain a moderately large staff throughout most of the year, and this has enabled us to give what we hope was adequate reportage to most of the College activities, and has lessened somewhat the burden on the sub-editing staff, who, in past years, have often written most of the copy on Sunday night, with consequent loss of journalistic fluency. It is nevertheless true that the staff have not been able to devote as much time as we would have liked towards making "Salient" a better organ of student opinion, that is, not without seriously prejudicing our academic ambitions. We are not devoid of ideas for the future "Salient"; but we face the inevitable difficulties of a part-time staff engaged in full-time jobs and degree work.
We have attempted the following things in "Salient" this year. Firstly, accurate reportage within the limits imposed by journalistic experience and lack of time. Secondly, comment on student affairs from what has been a point of view fairly close to that of the Exec. We have also tried to give news of student activities overseas, and articles and interviews on topics both controversial and of student interest, particularly from outside contributors but also from members of the staff.
This year a considerable amount of outside copy was submitted for publication, most of which was of quite a good standard but almost all of which was far too long: "Salient" is primarily a newspaper and not a Digest. Of course we have never given up hope that one day contributors will write legibly and on one side of the paper; as yet our hopes have not fully materialised, but we must admit there has been a noteworthy improvement.
During the year there has been a change of editorship. This was accomplished over a transitional period of several issues and there was consequently little loss in standard except from the point of view of layout. While we don't claim to possess a group of brilliant embryo journalists in our midst, we now have a solid nucleus as a basis for next year's staff, and these, together with the unpredictables who may join us in 1946, should combine to produce a more comprehensive and better written "Salient."
Now the bouquets: the thanks of the Editors must be extended to all the staff, both literary and distribution, who have put a great deal of time and effort into "Salient" this year, and to all those who have contributed articles and reports. Without these people there would have been no "Salient." In conclusion, we must thank the printer, poor devil, who has had so much to contend with.—L.A.P.