In defense of student journalism: A letter from the editors

Josh Preston and Mia Zanzucchi

Journalism is dying.

You know it. We know it. Journalism professors know it. Last summer, the Chicago Sun-Times fired every single photographer, including a Pulitzer Prize winner. Print journalism is dying and online news outlets are turning into a competition for who can get the most sensational news out the fastest, no matter how accurate (think CNN’s Boston Marathon and Washington D.C. Navy yard debacles.)

Now is not the time for newspapers. Now is not the time for frivolous publications such as Colt Nation.

Yet here we are.

Student journalism is no game. In fact, it is a battle to the death.

Student journalism is no game. In fact, it is a battle to the death.

True, it was mostly for the donuts. But also because we enjoy what we do. Being a part of the media gives life an interesting twist. Photo passes rock. The feeling of flipping through an inky newspaper is unparalleled by anything else in the world. And Mia needed to do something with her satires.

Being a high schooler is terrible. It becomes easy to detach from the rest of the world when you’re taking multiple AP classes and are studying for the next ACT. But being connected with your school, community, country and world gives you a different kind of education: one without grades, one that is more relevant to life in general, no matter where you end up.

Yes, you can pick up any newspaper and read all about national news. But where else can you read about school news, more specifically your news?

This is unique media.

“The fundamental difference between major publications and their student counterparts is student newspapers provide unparalleled and irreplaceable information,” Forrest Lewis, former Arcada High School newspaper editor, said in a TedxTalk last December. “They [students] seek something different… Students want to see their own everyday heroes.”

We hope you agree.


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