Another semester is underway and the Langara Students’ Union has shown promise of forming better relations with the Voice.
It’s been hard to keep track of what’s going in the LSU; they’ve gone through more media representatives than we here in the journalism program can keep track of.
But hope appears to be on the horizon.In fact, the newest media representative for the LSU stopped by the department at the start of this semester.
He suggested he’s going to make more of an effort to cooperate and be more transparent with what’s going on in the LSU.
Words like this, especially coming from a government body, are hollow in the eyes of skeptical journalists, such as myself.
But part of me hopes the LSU and journalism students can turn over a new leaf this semester.
Turning over a new leaf
It’s a well-known fact that history between the LSU and the Voice is one full of conflict and tension, but it doesn’t have to continue this way.
I’ll be the first to admit there’s room for improvement on both sides. We tend to bombard the LSU with emails and phone calls in hopes of snatching up an interview or getting a quote.
I’m sure this can get annoying, but we’re not doing it because we enjoy terrorizing the LSU staff. No, actually, we’re just doing our job and due diligence by reporting on the student body.
The reason for this is so we can inform you, the student, of what your student government is doing with those fees you pay each semester.
So as this semester picks up, I hope the LSU and its new media representative will follow through with their intent on establishing a better relationship with the Voice.
In turn, I only hope this new relationship will allow us to establish a more transparent line of communication; one that looks towards cooperation, rather than hostility, so we can report accurately and fairly.
At the very least, I suppose one can dream.
Reported by Tyler Hooper