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September 9, 2009: Voices in the Journalism Community

The online petition drive to save the College of the Canyons Journalism Department and the Canyon Call is underway and gaining momentum. Here is a small sampling of comments posted in just the past few days:

Nancy Kaplan-Biegel of the San Mateo County Community College District — “Protecting student press goes far beyond protecting students. It extends to protecting and nurturing a vibrant democracy, documenting school history, and creating community. Please reconsider.”

Erin Hiro of Palomar College in San Marcos — “This goes beyond money. This is a historical archive of the school and a valuable learning tool for your students!”

Judith Pfeffer of Victor Valley Community College in Victorville — “Having taught journalism at four community colleges in Southern California (and serving as adviser at two of them), I urge the restoration of the Canyon Call. A campus paper benefits not only the student journalists, but the entire college.”

Prof. Mark Larson of Humboldt State University in Arcata — “The 4-year programs in journalism NEED the 2-year journalism programs to be vital, and that includes a student-newspaper production class. Please find support to keep this important instructional area.”

Make a difference by clicking on the Sign our Petition link to lend your support. Add your name to the growing list of people who disagree with the college’s decision to drop the Canyon Call and the journalism classes that support it. Comments are optional.

Number of days COC has been without a school newspaper: 17

September 9, 2009   Comments Off