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The View from Here: A letter from the editor-in-chief

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In the past few weeks we’ve been getting many letters to the editor from faculty because of an editorial cartoon that ran in our Oct. 2 issue that suggested that faculty created events for themselves. Just recently we received a letter from our district chancellor, Ron Galatolo.

A common thread throughout these letters is that students are the number one priority bar none. Each letter cites the many services and campus events that revolve around us.

A college campus is inherently going to serve students. The administration putting students first shouldn’t be applauded when their support is expected. The editorial cartoon was not a personal attack on our president Dr. Regina Stanback-Stroud, but rather a comment on how it feels to be a student at Skyline. The campus has all of these incredible events but students get little to no notice of them nor inclusion.

For example the upcoming theater production of “You Can’t Take it With You” is only a week away, but if you were a student looking for information about it you’d be hard pressed to find any. It’s not on the Skyline College website anywhere including the event calendar. Even a search for it turns up nothing. The most important way to include students in the campus is to keep them informed.

Since the media policy debut kept the paper, which is run by students for students, out of the loop and restricted us from conducting interviews with faculty and administration, we haven’t felt like a number one priority. Even after its revision the policy has left an adverse effect. It’s been extremely difficult for our writers to get anything in-depth or candid from student services.

Just this week I questioned the campus security if officers had guns on them but I was not able to get an answer from an officer, instead I was instructed to ask the public information officer who had to ask security and then email me the answer. This is not the first time reporters have had issues acquiring sources and information. In the past year we’ve counted at least nine times a reporter has been told “no” when trying to secure an interview.

This is a total deviation from the flow of information. The Skyline View exists for the sole purpose of informing students and if our reporters aren’t allowed that information then it’s also being kept from the entire student body. Everyone has the right to refuse to speak to the press, but it feels systemic when there are multiple instances of student service employees not cooperating.

In one of the letters sent to us a faculty member expressed a sadness for the future of journalism with The Skyline View at the helm of it and I have to agree. We’re also sad for the future of journalism here at Skyline. There’s a restriction on what’s allowed to be said to us and we cannot get accurate information firsthand.

Our priority is the students of this campus and without our administration supporting us in what we do we can’t say the same for them.

Update: article headline was updated. 9:12 p.m. 10/30/2014.

 

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One Response to “The View from Here: A letter from the editor-in-chief”

  1. Galicia Feliciano on October 30th, 2014 3:14 pm

    When criticism is leveled at a newspaper, it is understandable for writers to defend the actions taken. I understand your defence to be:
    1. “The administration putting students first shouldn’t be applauded when their support is expected.” Thus, you expect that students shall be put first, and you acknowledge that indeed they are. For this, you are not grateful at all because you are entitled to it and therefore expect it. In short, you are defending your own entitlement.

    2. You feel that the poor advertisement of information about events evidences a purposeful denial of student involvement, instead of merely a faulty method of sharing information. Rather than begin productive dialogue about how to change this, you would prefer to complain that the college actively works to avoid including students. So you are defending your right to jump to the conclusion that this poor dissemination of information is due to deliberate non-inclusion policy on the part of the administration.

    3. You feel that the campus media policy, which was not in any way connected to the events portrayed in the cartoon, is responsible for your lack of knowledge of these events. You defend your right to connect two issues that have nought to do with each other (a media policy of directing information via the media office versus poor advertisement of events on campus).

    Please put your own brilliants minds to work on the defences above. We know you are capable of better logic and support of ideas than this.

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