Ashland, Ore. — Students at Southern Oregon University are fighting hard to save their campus paper that’s been around for 90 years.
Last week students of The Siskiyou, Voice of SOU Students, were told their newspaper will no longer be offered as a class. Course instructor Julie Akins said the university cites low enrollment as the reason.
But Akins said readership has never been higher for the online publication. Writers and editors of the paper are upset by the news.
“It’s something we’ve worked very hard towards and to have that taken away was a huge shock to all of us,” staff writer Hannah Jones said.
The students have launched a GoFundMe account in hopes of raising $50,000 to create an endowment for the newspaper through the SOU Foundation. That money would sustain the paper for the next two years while paying student reporters and editors for their contributions. If you would like to donate click here.