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September 11, 2009: “Every college needs a newspaper. A campus newspaper provides a sense of community, and so a community college without a newspaper is but half a college.”

Those are the words of Allan Lovelace, who signed the online petition to save the Canyon Call, the school newspaper of College of the Canyons.

COC administration’s decision to drop the Canyon Call and the journalism classes that support it has left the school without the student-run news-dissemination source that operated effectively on campus since the college was founded in 1969 — and instantly eliminated the best opportunity students had for a First Amendment voice on campus.

The coalition of concerned students, educators, journalists and private citizens who operate and sponsor this web site fully acknowledge the chokehold the economy has around our community college system. Our goal is to present to school administration a forward-thinking curriculum proposal that is simple and cost-effective to implement, meets the challenges of the times and realistically prepares students for a career in journalism. This would include print and online editions of the Canyon Call.

We need your help and support in persuading COC administration to listen to our proposal and make a good-faith effort to find the resources necessary to carry it out.

Please take the time to voice your opinion, in writing, to Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook, Assistant Superintendent & Vice President of Instruction Mr. Mitjl Capet and the members of the Board of Trustees, all of whom are listed on the left-hand side of this home page.

Help us to save the Canyon Call today.

Number of days COC has been without a school newspaper: 19

September 10, 2009   Comments Off