Current Salient Political Editor and Honours student Jackson Wood has been named as the new editor of the magazine for 2009.
Wood has spent the last year managing the politics pages of Salient, as well as contributing heavily to the magazine’s blog and its general website.
“[I’m] chuffed,” he said, when asked how he felt about the appointment.
“Salient was first about opening up student issues, [the University], VUWSA and world issues,” Wood said. “I want to continue to engage students by providing a wellresearched and analytical News and Features section.”
His predecessor, Tristan Egarr, said that he believed Wood was the best candidate for the role. “He’s demonstrated throughout the year [his ability to put in] hard work and [his] maturity… and an intriguing sense of humour.”
Egarr added: “I’m relieved… because I don’t have to do [the job] anymore.”
Wood’s friend and colleague, Salient Films Editor Haimona Gray, described him as “honest, professional [and] polite.”
“Most importantly, he’s never used a pseudonym or pretended to be a bearded weirdo.”
Wood will be taking up his new position in late January 2009.