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They Said It!

They Said It!” is a collection of timely published quotes pertaining to the current significance or future state of college media.  The quotes serve as spoken confirmations of  UWIRE’s long-held faith in this generation’s “aspiring media talent” and shed light on college media’s latest developments and free press fights.  They are presented in no particular order other than when we come across them.  To nominate a quote for inclusion in the collection, e-mail Dan.

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“It would be the same as cutting chemicals from the chemistry budget. The paper provides a window into the college, not just for the 30 students who help produce it but for all the students and the community.”

– Faculty adviser, The Collegian, LA City College, reacting to newspaper’s budget cuts      (Cuts to…student paper prompt accusations,” Los Angeles Times, Sept. 23, 2009)

“Right before we came back, people started to realize the value of the student newspaper, because they didn’t know what was going on. We did our best to run stories online . . . but students don’t go online to read their campus newspaper. They might go online to read the New York Times or theWashington Post, but a campus newspaper is supposed to be there when you’re walking to your classes; it’s supposed to be there when you’re walking out of your dorm.”

Hilltop editor, on the paper’s reemergence at Howard University after a semester’s absence
(“How to Keep the Freep,” BU Today,  Sept. 17, 2009)

“Besides being illegal, heavy-handed control of college student publications is widely recognized both as unethical and as an unsound educational practice that deprives students of valuable learning opportunities.  The editors responsible for the Independent are all legally adults. They are old enough to drive cars, purchase firearms, sign contracts, get married, vote, serve on juries, and strap on rifles and die for their country. They are certainly old enough to decide which student would make the best layout editor.”

Student Press Law Center exec. director, in support of student press independence   (“Wash. Student Newspaper Editors Punished…SPLC News Flash, Sept. 16, 2009)

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