Why we do what we do

Sep 202010
Authors: Collegian Editorial Board

Can we brag a little bit? Cool, thanks.

You see, here at the Collegian we think we’ve got a pretty cool thing goin’ on. Most of the people who pass through the Student Media halls have just a little swagger in their step.

Mostly it’s because we’re egomaniacs, but part of it is because we have the incredible ability to influence minds on campus. And we’ve been doing just that for nearly 120 years.

The Collegian is the only daily student-run college print newspaper in the state, and throughout the years, the paper has won many awards and is often ranked among the upper echelon of college papers in the country.

Not to say that we haven’t had our share of critics. In the 1940s and ‘50s the Collegian was highly criticized by the Fort Collins community for it’s anti-racism, pro-women’s rights editorials. In recent years, the Collegian has published a number of controversial investigations.

And of course there’s that 157-point font headline editorial that none of us really like to bring up.

But the most important part of all of this is that the Collegian is published by students for students.

Though we have advisers to guide us, students who work for the Collegian have always had the freedom to further the quality of journalism on campus, even if that means making a few mistakes a long the way.

And though we’re not a direct arm of the university –– as we are a separate non-profit funded through student fees, advertising and university funding –– Student Media is and always has been a place of learning, first and foremost.

Thus, we do not practice what many schools around our country do: prior review.

Professional intervention misrepresents student journalists and cheapens the learning process.

And in the end, that goes against the mission of student media.

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