BY JOHN PATRICK KIERANS
The Edition is celebrating its 10th birthday this December. The whirlwind of a decade has seen a number of different editors put their stamp on the paper.
The paper and website, which is funded by the DIT Societies office through the News Society, saw many changes since its inception.
Looking back since its first issue, paper mentor and former DIT Journalism lecturer Michael Foley said: “I was a sort of mentor for many years and I loved every minute of it.
“The former paper DIT Independent had been in some trouble, and the new model with the News Society was set up to protect the new newspaper.
“The Edition has done what newspapers are meant to do. It has held the Students Union and the college itself to scrutiny.
“It also provided a great learning platform for students away from lecturers, and many past editors have gone on to do great things like working in RTÉ. The experience of working with the paper has stood to all of them.”
Mr Foley added: “My one and only regret would be that more non-journalism students didn’t get involved. But I suppose a college with a college newspaper and journalism course is going to be dominated by journalism students.
“I suppose to sum-up, the Edition has been in great effect, the watchdog of DIT and without it, the college would have been a poorer place.”
Speaking about the big anniversary, co-editor Dan Grennan said: “I am delighted to be co-editing the paper with Nikki Murphy. We are over-the-moon to carry on the proud tradition of DIT’s independent student newspaper.
“I have written for the Edition since I started studying journalism in 2015. I actually started out covering DIT’s rugby games and later on started writing features and news when Mathew Colfer was the editor.
“Nikki and I started working together last year when we put out our article about DIT’s (former) Garda Vetting policy for access programme students. After that we wrote articles for the Edition and the Dublin InQuirer over the Summer of 2017.
“When we came back into DIT in September, there was no graduate that wanted to take on the Edition. Anita Conway from the Socs office approached us and offered us the position as co-editor. Needless to say, we jumped at the opportunity.
“This is the first time the Edition has been run by sitting students. Before now, the paper was run by graduates of DIT’s journalism programme.
“We hope that we can carry on the sterling reputation of the paper.”
Anita Conway, Head of the DIT Societies Office said: “I am delighted and proud to see the DIT News Society and The Edition are celebrating their 10th anniversary.
“I was involved in the society and the paper from the very start. The DIT Societies Office took ownership of the development of student media opportunities for students including a student newspaper.
“The need for a student newspaper was identified through the process of developing and implementing the DIT Campus Life Strategic Plan 2006.
“The Edition and DIT News Society’s’ ongoing success can be attributed to the collaborative approach and effort made by DIT students, DIT staff and SIT alumni. People like Michael Foley and Fiona Hynes who helped students reach their potential. Achievements such as winning Smedia Awards like ‘Best Editor’ (Allister McConnell) proved the potential of this student newspaper, its editors, editorial and student contributors.”
To celebrate its birthday, The Edition will features articles from various past editors over the remainder of the academic year.
The News Society is also planning a special anniversary party with guest speakers, refreshments and live music in early February.