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Cuts could silence De Anza College's voice

Original post made on Mar 3, 2010

De Anza Community College President Brian Murphy announced at the end of January a slew of looming layoffs, including one position that could shut down operations at one of the region's most important student newspapers: ==I La Voz==.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, March 3, 2010, 12:41 PM

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Posted by Julia Eckhardt
a resident of another community
on Mar 3, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Thanks for bringing this important issue to our community's attention!

- Julia Eckhardt
Editor-in-Chief
La Voz Weekly
lavoz@fhda.edu
www.lavozdeanza.com


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Posted by danielle
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 3, 2010 at 4:12 pm

they should start by laying off the worst teachers on campus! Stop laying off quality teachers and give the students what we pay through the nose for, a good education and not some washed up, burned out teacher who could care less if they are teaching a class or home watching re-runs. If Deanza really wanted to fix the budget issues then they should also make the Deanza campus what they claim it to be, "smoke Free" If the damned rule was enforced and violators ticketed there could be a lot of many made from that foulness alone.


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Posted by De Anza Student
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Mar 3, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Nobody wants newspapers and investigative journalism to disappear, however moving to an online version has proven equally if not more productive in several larger newspapers and magazines. Maybe working with one or two editors and having volunteer reports as part of journalism class assignments might save money and promote more readership online. Not to mention that advertisers step up to online advertising more often that print as the potential for expanded readership is much stronger online than hard copy. People forwarding to others etc.


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Posted by Kelly Truong
a resident of another community
on Mar 3, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Depressing.


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Posted by Bruce Karney
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 3, 2010 at 8:43 pm

I LOVE journalism. I want to see more of it, and I'm happy that there are still student papers. However, a BIG part of journalism, even for students, is figuring out how to bring in enough revenue to pay your expenses.

When I edited the Old Mountain View Neighborhood Newsletter last year, we were able to print more than 2000 copies of a 4-page newsletter for less than $800/issue. None of the writers or the editor were paid, nor were the 70+ volunteers who distributed it. We produced an issue every 6 weeks, and have been doing so for 20 years. Ads not only pay our costs, they throw off extra money that is used by the Neighborhood Association for events.

It's very liberating to be able to publish a newspaper or newsletter that supports itself financially, and I hope the student journalists of La Voz are able to figure out a way to do this.

If you're not being financially supported by your readers or your advertisers, why should the taxpayers (via the Community College District) support your publication?


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Posted by Rad G
a resident of Whisman Station
on Mar 4, 2010 at 12:49 am

Get rid of the union so someone willing can do the work!


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Posted by De Anza journalist major
a resident of another community
on Mar 4, 2010 at 11:27 am

It wouldn't make sense to get rid of the newspaper and still have a journalism program at De Anza. We need to do whatever we can to save this paper for future journalism students!


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Posted by Thom
a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 4, 2010 at 3:31 pm

"It wouldn't make sense to get rid of the newspaper and still have a journalism program at De Anza. We need to do whatever we can to save this paper for future journalism students!"

Journalists are not what they used to be. No schooling will teach them to not interject their own opinion's. That's the problem with the media these days. Give the facts as they are and let the viewers or readers formulate their own opinions. Go get yourself a blog and express yourself there if you feel the need to show your wisdom to the rest of us. Fair and impartial journalism is a lost art. It's a shame too.


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Posted by blargh
a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 4, 2010 at 9:25 pm

bruce: It's a teaching instrument. It is not there for profit. You might as well criticize the auto tech department for running a shop that doesn't take in any money.

Thom: Everything was better when you were younger or in years past that you can romanticize about. The truth is that there has always been opinion injected into news.

This can be either an opportunity or a loss. Journalism as a whole is changing with newspapers, book publishers, and magazines closing up. Everyone in print is hurting and losing money. Perhaps this program can come up with a solution?


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