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The founder of The Digital Voice, Kaitlyn N. Brown, lead the publication as its Editor-in-Chief from 2015 to 2019. Hailing from Brick Township, New Jersey, Kaitlyn attended Thomas Jefferson University and graduated with a B.S. in Law and Society and a minor in Psychology. During her time at TJU, Kaitlyn was the 2018 Inaugural fellow for the Specter Undergraduate Research Fellowship, penning the paper Reshaping a Fractured System: Arlen Specter’s Footprint on the Criminal Justice System in the U.S.During her senior year, Kaitlyn continued research on Arlen Specter for Malcom Lazin and the Equality Forum. Upon graduating from TJU, Kaitlyn was awarded the Law and Society academic achievement award. Currently, Kaitlyn is studying at the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth School of Law, with aspirations of becoming a prosecutor after graduating.
Upon graduating, my time at Thomas Jefferson University will come to an end. Which means that my time at The Digital Voice will also come to an end. As graduation day approaches, I find myself thinking back on these last four years. One of my earliest memories here was during my first day of Intro to Law and Society when I was handed the keys to The Digital Voice. Back then it was just a white screen with some words on it, basically a blank canvas to go in any direction imaginable. When I say I had no idea what I was doing, it’s not just an exaggeration for comedic effect. I genuinely spent hours on YouTube trying to figure out how to work the website and hours more researching how to be an editor-in-chief. None of it helped, it was really more of a learn as you go experience. A role that I had to learn to grow into and I am so privileged to have been given the honor to grow alongside The Digital Voice.
No longer are we that blank canvas. Throughout my four years as editor-in-chief of The Digital Voice, we have re-branded, relaunched and re-established our position in the community on campus. We have covered events, run polls, launched campaigns, sponsored events and even met a few famous people. We have progressed from a white screen to interactive web pages and monthly printed publications.
The credit for these accomplishments goes to each and every person who has every worked on The Digital Voice and put their time and dedication towards making it the best it could possible be. I cannot express how grateful I am for everyone, writers, editors, graphic designers, etc. who has worked on TDV at some point in time. Your work has allowed this publication to reach heights I never imagined possible. More importantly, to the best advisor, mentor, professor, and department head (all the same person:), thank you for giving me this opportunity and for helping me every step of the way. Most importantly, thank you for the irreplaceable advice and guidance you provided over the last four year, inside and outside of The Digital Voice.
Passing on something you had such a big hand in creating is often nerve wrecking. Despite this, I am extremely excited to pass The Digital Voice down to our next editor-in-chief and see where he takes the publication during his remaining three years at the university. I have nothing but confidence that Mitchell will only continue to improve The Digital Voice during his time in charge. As I move and continue to grow in law school and then my career, I look forward to watching the continuing growth and success of The Digital Voice.