The press often receives a lot of criticism for being false or biased — the student press sometimes sees even more criticism. At the Alestle, we strive to have objective, timely and quality pieces for students and faculty on a twice-weekly basis, but we’re learning, and sometimes we make mistakes.
Regardless of typos or misspelled names, the news student media produces is important, and the student body needs to read their newspaper to be aware of what happens on campus.
As a paper, we cover news, lifestyles, opinion and sports. Not only does each section attract a different audience, but each section has a very different style.
First and foremost, we are a newspaper. We try to provide hard-hitting stories, the police blotter, briefs and even breaking news.
These things are very important, even if they’re not always the most exciting, and we can’t stress this enough.
Look at our campus’ news in the past few years, for example. We have covered student deaths, fires on campus, the College Republicans of SIUE’s lawsuit against the university, incidents of racism and bigotry, as well as the latest budget problems and fund reallocation meetings.
These issues aren’t unique to SIUE, and without a student paper, students wouldn’t get a non-biased story or information on the subject.
Sure, there are the statements from the university, as well as word-of-mouth, but a campus newspaper has the freedom to call people out if the evidence backs them up, and they have the freedom to tell the full story if someone leaves something out because it might not reflect well on the university.
We are not a public relations firm for the university, but we’re also not its enemy. We’re just here to tell the truth.
Last week, an article written by College Media Matters talked about how the Daily Campus at Southern Methodist University would become part of the school’s journalism department and would also stop printing the publication. Yes, it is a private college, but that shouldn’t matter.
Other universities have started to either cut funding, or threaten to do so. Student newspapers are now having to decide if publishing a story that is controversial is worth the possible pay cut.
This isn’t right. College media does matter — and students at SMU aren’t happy their school doesn’t seem to agree.
As of April 25, College Media Matters is starting a social media campaign to #SaveStudentNewsrooms, and the Alestle is joining in.
As a student publication, it is our job to inform students on what is happening on campus, tell student’s stories and hold the university accountable. We are supposed to be the student’s voice — after all, it’s our slogan.
We intend to keep doing that, no matter what the people in power think of us. We’re going to keep working, learning and seeking the truth.
We hope you support us.