From Rocio Hernandez: I loved my paper, but the pay wasn’t enough.

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Name: Rocio Hernandez

College Newspaper: Nevada Sagebrush (Reno, Nevada)

Where I Am Now: The Associated Press, News Associate

Working at the University of Nevada, Reno’s Nevada Sagebrush was one of the best decisions I made as a student because sitting in your college classrooms can only teach you so much. The student newsroom gave me the opportunity to learn by trial and error. The stakes were higher because it beyond my professors’ eyes and a letter grade, and goes out to all the students. I started off as a volunteer, then moved on to assistant news editor and then news editor. I learned the hard work and responsibility that goes into publishing a paper weekly and how to be a leader in the newsroom. But since I was paying for my education on my own without help from my parents, I couldn’t stay on staff beyond two years. We just weren’t getting paid enough for it to continue being worth it for me. But because of the experience I got, I went on to get internships at professional newsrooms. I don’t think I would be where I am today without the Sagebrush.

Editorial: We must support, save our student newsrooms

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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