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September 8, 2009: The Mission Begins

The Signal Breaks the News On August 9, 2009, The Signal, the Santa Clarita Valley’s 90-year-old daily community newspaper, carried a front-page story by staff writer Tammy Marashlian about the demise of the College of the Canyons Journalism Department and the venerable student newspaper the Canyon Call. The story’s headline read: “Student newspaper classes canceled at COC — Officials say enrollment in journalism courses too low.” Here’s the link to the story.

Signal Editorial Board Denounces Decisions by COC AdministrationOn August 16, 2009, The Signal’s Editorial Board ran an editorial critical of COC administration’s decision to ax the newspaper. The headline of the opinion piece was “Our View: One cut schools can’t afford.” The Editorial Board characterized the loss of the paper and the 200-level journalism classes supporting it this way: “Along with those classes goes the best opportunity for a student First Amendment voice on the Valencia and Canyon Country community college campuses.” Here’s the link to the editorial.

Los Angeles Times Reports on Similar Student-Newspaper Closure at Cal-State Dominguez Hills On August 28, 2009, the Los Angeles Times ran a story by staff writer James Rainey on how state budget cuts led to the shuttering of the Dominguez Bulletin, the student newspaper at California State University, Dominguez Hills in Carson. In that story, James Suldanik, a professor of communications in his 30th year at the school, called the newspaper “the foundation for campus communication” and said its demise will be “a huge loss.” It’s not difficult to draw some stark parallels between the loss of the Bulletin and the Canyon Call. Here’s the link to the story.

Number of days COC has been without a school newspaper: 16

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