Name: Paula Span
College Newspaper: B.U. News
Where I Am Now: New Old Age columnist for the New York Times and Columbia J-School professor
What was there to cover in Boston from 1967 to 1971, when I was a reporter and editor at the B.U. News? Oh, just everything: Vietnam, draft resistors, racism, the gay liberation movement, feminism, national student strikes, SDS, urban education, sex, plus music and art and and and. Student journalism IS journalism, and many of our reporters and editors later turned pro and are at it still. It’s the training ground; it’s boot camp; it’s worth supporting and preserving.