Thursday, March 05, 2009


This tickles my anti-censorship heart. The student paper at my old alma mater has gone on strike rather than cede control to a publisher's oversight. The staff, for the first time in the 109-year-old Daily Emerald's history, has shut down the paper to protest being reined in by publisher Steven Smith who finally resigned.True, the newspaper does need fiscal direction but this was at the cost of editorial independence. I hope this is a lesson for writers and commercial media everywhere that hard times do not equate to loss of editorial control.

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UPDATE: The staff of the Oregon Daily Emerald have gone back to work.