Dear Redlands community,
My name is Cameron Kelly, and I have the honor of serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Redlands Bulldog newspaper for the Fall 2021 semester. I am extremely excited and optimistic, albeit a bit intimidated, to step into this prestigious role. I would first like to thank Trueman Andrews-Gibson, who previously served as Editor-in-Chief during my time with the paper last year and is someone I consider a mentor. I look forward to leading the university’s decades-old student publication for the upcoming semester.
I am a junior from Sunnyvale, California, double majoring in History and Political Science. I hope to attend law school after graduation. In addition to writing for the paper, I am the captain of the Mock Trial team and a member of the Proudian Interdisciplinary Honors Program, as well as the Phi Alpha Theta national history honor society.
This will be my second year writing for the Bulldog, and first as an editor. I enjoy writing, and I initially joined the paper due to my interest in journalism, particularly with regard to national politics. I started out in high school by submitting two letters to the editor, which were published in my local Mercury News, concerning popular political issues at the time. However, given the increasingly polarizing nature of national politics, I have become rather apathetic towards popular political issues and have lost interest in writing about such topics.
I feel that current political journalism has made distinguishing fact from opinion difficult, because unbiased reporting is arguably a dying industry. In order to stay afloat, news publications must conform to the demands of their target audience. The New York Times and Washington Post produce left-leaning content to appease their largely liberal audience, while the National Review and Fox News maintain a conservative angle to satisfy their base.
The Redlands Bulldog is not a national news publication and thus bears no responsibility to produce a particular political angle. Instead, as a student-run newspaper, we are accountable only to students and the Redlands community. Therefore, in addition to providing a platform for student writers to be heard on national political issues on occasion, we should also connect with the Redlands community through issues local to the university.
As Editor-in-Chief, I recognize my responsibility to report facts accurately and avoid personal spin; principles that I know everyone at the paper strives to uphold. On that note, I look forward to serving you as Editor-in-Chief this semester by continuing to bring quality content to the Redlands Bulldog.