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September 16, 2009: “When you balance the cost of a college newspaper against the service it provides the school, students and community, it is a bargain.”

Photo Courtesy of Humboldt State University

Photo Courtesy of Humboldt State University

Those words were written by Marcy Burstiner, Assistant Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif.

Burstiner signed the online petition to save the College of the Canyons Journalism Department and its school newspaper, the Canyon Call, from extinction.

She went on to say that student newspapers do more than serve as a vehicle to teach a few students journalism.

“The newspapers give students opportunities in college to develop a sense of professionalism; to delve into multiple perspectives; and to serve as a voice and forum for a wider community,” Burstiner said. “As a journalism professor at Humboldt State, I have seen many of my best students come up from the community college level. Papers like the Canyon Call give students at the junior college level a fantastic opportunity to grow and challenge themselves.”

Click here to go to the online edition of Humboldt State’s student newspaper, The Lumberjack.

Click here to sign the online petition to save the Canyon Call.

Number of days COC has been without a school newspaper: 24

September 15, 2009   1 Comment