Is the student newspaper at N.C. State University in peril?
An alarming editorial in The Technician says the student paper is lacking students, pretty much the core element of a campus newspaper. Working on a school paper can be one of the most rewarding experiences a journalist may ever. It may also be one of the most time-consuming and challenging.
Consider this section of the editorial:
The Student Media Board of Directors elected six new student leaders Tuesday to direct news organizations on campus next year. WKNC, Agromeck, Windhover, Wolf TV, the Nubian Message and Student Media’s business office will receive new, dynamic visionaries who will enable the free flow of information on campus in the next year and lead those organizations into a bright future.
Technician was not as lucky. The University’s 90-year-old student newspaper did not hire an editor in chief and could shut its doors in a few weeks without students’ help.
After losing its editor earlier this semester in a policy dispute, the institution has been essentially leaderless. Today’s paper was only in the stand because of what the staff would describe as a printing miracle.