Student newsrooms across the country are organizing a day of action in support of the efforts by student journalists, and The Western Herald is joining the call.
#SaveStudentNewsrooms is a campaign started by student journalists at the University of Florida’s Independent Florida Alligator, who were called to action after seeing another Florida student newsroom become a part of their school of journalism.
Read the rest of The Western Herald’s editorial here
Imagine a United States that is completely controlled by a higher entity — that does not give the average citizen with something to say a space to say it. A United States that regulates thoughts, differing perspectives and information.
This nation is one without journalism and the media.
Journalism is essential to upholding the values of democracy and helping to keep the powerful in check.
Read the rest of The Brown an White’s editorial here
Freedom of speech on college campuses is a long-lived debate that university newspapers are up against and #SaveStudentNewsrooms draws attention to the problems that students are facing across the nation.
A summary of the BI press release is as follows:
On April 25, student newsrooms across the nation are participating in a Day of Action to #SaveStudentNewsrooms, in which they will share editorials highlighting the importance of editorial control and discuss issues that student newsrooms face on a daily basis through Facebook, Twitter and savestudentnewsrooms.com.
Read the rest of the Branding Iron’s editorial here
The Issue: The Daily Campus, the student-run newspaper which covers Southern Methodist University, recently announced it had to re-affiliate with its university due to lack of funding. The closing of Student Media Company Inc., the independent company which will soon cease to publish SMU’s student newspaper, is leading to concerns from student publications at universities across the nation that declining advertising revenue will lead to university censorship of student free speech.
Our Stance: The College Heights Herald, which made the switch from publishing twice a week to once a week this past semester mostly due to the university taking over half of its reserve budget to cover its own deficit, is already experiencing university censorship in the form of a lawsuit, all while remaining independent from WKU. We need to support student media now more than ever as a growing number of student publications are fighting to maintain financial and editorial independence from their respective universities.
Read the rest of the College Heights Herald’s editorial here
On April 4, 2018, the Editorial Board of Southern Methodist University’s student newspaper, The Daily Campus, wrote an opinion piece titled “The kids aren’t all right: Who really killed the student free press of SMU.”
“It’s not often that a newspaper has the self-indulgency to be able to write about itself, but this anomaly isn’t one to celebrate,” the piece said.
Due to financial and leadership problems, The Daily Campus’ Editorial Board announced that the independent student media company of SMU will officially dissolve in May, forcing its student newspaper under the control of the school’s journalism department.
Read the rest of The Observer’s editorial here
Across the country, newsrooms of all shapes and sizes are struggling to survive. The rise of digital media, and its financial model, or lack thereof, combined with an unprecedented assault on the industry from numerous forces, have left journalism in a precarious position.
And it’s not only professional outlets that are feeling the pinch. At universities and community colleges from Florida to California, student journalists and their advisers are finding their publications under threat.
In response, The Independent Florida Alligator began the #SaveStudentNewsrooms movement to highlight the critical need for media outlets at all levels to not only remain operational, but to do so without sacrificing editorial integrity.
Read the rest of The Daily Wildcat’s editorial here.
The U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment lays out the fundamental dedication to the protection of the press. However, America has struggled with preserving that freedom. Between growing attacks from right-wing politicians and supporters, along with the lack of financial support, newsrooms everywhere are in a tight spot.
Similarly, college newsrooms have faced these problems on an acute level. That is why the staff of The Duke is supporting college publications across the country in their #SaveStudentNewsrooms campaign. Student media organizations are incredibly important. They offer an unbiased and comprehensive student-run look at the important topics on any given campus and help inform students, faculty and alumni.
Read the rest of the editorial from the Duquesne Duke here.
Student journalists across the country are organizing for a day of action on Wednesday, April 25, to save their student newsrooms from shutting down — and The Nevada Sagebrush plans to join them.
The importance of student-run newsrooms is severely understated. They provide niche coverage on university affairs, help prepare students for the workforce and provide them with opportunities they wouldn’t normally have.
Student-run publications across the country are suffering. Much like professional newsrooms, their budgets are being cut, advertising is at an all-time low and the number of paid journalists decreases every year. All newsrooms must figure out how to stay afloat while transitioning into a digital era. Unlike professional newsrooms, student media must fix their monetary situation by themselves, or risk their editorial independence.
Read the rest of the editorial from the Nevada Sagebrush here
In 2000, UT threatened our journalistic freedom to report stories, prompting us to become independent. Eighteen years later, our presence to remain in print is being threatened. To put it simply, the Independent Collegian is dying.
Despite the tireless efforts of our students and staff, we are not making enough money from ad revenue to survive.
This is the last thing we want to happen, yet it’s the only thing that will happen if we don’t receive any support. We care about our newspaper, but more than that, we care about truth-seeking journalism, a priority in today’s era of fake news.
Read the rest of the editorial from the Independent Collegian here
After hearing the recent news that a vote within the Student Senate to disband the organization as an independent 501(c)(3) status, I felt compelled to share my opinion, and I figured that there’s no better way to do this than through my letter to our readers.
With this change, the Student Senate, as well as all other Student Government Association (SGA) entities, including the Free Press, would fall under the umbrella of the university. In the past these entities have existed separately. The official proposal, number 46.23, only officially came about a few weeks ago, although the idea had been in discussion for several months.
The Student Senate allocates funding from the Student Activity Fee, which all students pay as part of their tuition. Under this proposal the Senate would still continue to be in control of those funds. However, the question remains what this means for the other entities that are now considered under university control.
Read the rest of the editorial from The Free Press here