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October 12, 2009 | by  | in Opinion |
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“Send out, Salient, the swift satiric point,
To smart the sluggard mind awake,
While Freedom anywhere in bonds is pent
No compromise with falseness make.
Those freed today tomorrow forth must leap
Some further outpost there to take and keep.”

This poem, written in 1938, spelled out Salient’s intent. Seventy-one years later we’re still trying to live up to these lofty ambitions. It isn’t easy to maintain the integrity of the magazine, or to balance the many ideas of what Salient is and what Salient should be.

It is a great honour that I have been able to stand on the shoulders of previous editors. Especially Carl Dawson, Michael Appleton, Sarah Barnett, James Robinson and Tristan Egarr. Thanks for your support, ideas and banter.

To my successor, Sarah Robson, I wish you well. You are an amazing writer, woman and friend. This is a crazy place and I know that you will clamber up my gangling frame and perch yourself firmly up there. Please don’t wear high heels.

Rory, designer/defacto editor, your amazing design skills, eye for detail and need for perfection ensured Salient 2009 was an amazing year. I don’t think I’ve ever been so close to another man before.

Kia ora MJO, kia ora. I threw you into the position of news editor when you just wanted to be a lowly feature writer. You have exceeded my expectations in every way possible and although we never got to drive high-speed to Palmerston together, I’m sure we will share many more epic lolz in the future.

Despite never actually getting any of your features to me by 5pm on Tuesday, Nina, your writing, company and attitude always bought a smile to my face. It has been a pleasure working with you and I look forward to reading about your South American exploits.

Mikey: with an eye for detail that surpasses the evolution of the Accipitridae family, you constantly surprised me with your ability to spot double spacing, missing macrons and my attempts to use foreign languages. It is no doubt without you staying here till 4am most weeks Salient’s grammar and spelling would have been unreadable.

Guy Armstrong is real. He has been a dedicated distributor and writer without whom Salient would have been slightly saner, but less exciting place. I wish you and your career in writing well. Maybe we could play Duke Nukem 3D later?

Advertising pays for the magazine, and Jon has done an amazing job of bringing in new and varied advertisers as well as lubricating the office with Jaffa Cakes and urging us to eat together more. Don’t let The Man get you down Jon, you’ll always have a pal in me.

To the arts crew: Uther and Fiona, you guys took my silly idea of arts editor, ran with it and made it a total success despite little guidance on my behalf. Uth, your acerbic wit and unconnected trains of consciousness bought joy, rage and frustration to me. Fi, your ardent feminism is always delightful and welcome.

Kim, Elle, Ryan and Maggie. Your… ummm… wonderful way with words is always a… ummm… pleasure to read. I hope you all stick with writing next year.

Nic, Shirley, Juliet and the other various columnists—you’re better than blogs. Please don’t ever blog.

Anna Friedlander, Polly, Adam, Conrad, David, Robyn, Sarita, Renee, and all the other people whose columns and cartoons were at the back have the honour to know that yours were the most widely read of all the content in Salient.

Jessy and the rest of MJO’s bevy of news girls (and Elliot, and Sam and Cam) deserve special mention. Your Monday meetings always made the office a happier place.

The latest addition to the Salient team, Josh Cleary, deserves special mention. Please, please please con Sarah into giving you a job next year.

To everyone in the Salient crew and everyone who I have left out: I will miss you all.

People outside of Salient have been integral. Gerard Hoffman: thank you for saving me.

Big thanks goes out to Madeleine Setchell. You have made the operation of Salient so much easier.

Daniel Miles receives the JJ Wood for Mt Albert award for ensuring my humourous side did not get buried under the dull drudgery of everyday editorship. You are an AbsoluteGeni.us and I look forward to working with you soon.

To my fellow editors, especially Matt, Val, Josh and Amy, I thank you for listening, understanding and supporting ASPA and me.

Of course my parents get a mention for not letting my grandmothers see any issue of Salient and therefore my proclivity for using the word “fuck”.

Laura, thanks for being there. Your endless advice and direction were totally invaluable.

We all feel like failing at some point in our lives and all these people haven’t let me fail. This issue is a dedication to the fail. I guess at the end of the day, as long as you keep pushing for success in those around you, you will not fail.

Aroha to you all.
­– JJW

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  1. Wackson Jood says:

    Who the fuck is this guy?

  2. Guy says:

    Thanks for a wicked year everyone. DN3D is us, soon as I get a computer that can go 5 mins without crashing
    Cheers!

  3. Renee Lyons says:

    Thanks all and everyone for a great year, especially for getting me through Thursdays; I would have died of physics poisoning if not for you guys!

  4. Shirrleey says:

    Thanks Jackson for giving “The Wong View” a chance! Just in case I don’t get to say it in person, you are awesome and I wish you luck for next year. :)
    Oh and thanks Salient for letting me eat your pizza and pot-luck lunch. Both were goodly.

  5. smackdown says:

    stealing food is just plain wong

  6. Alan Young says:

    miss you salient… till next year

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