Media Another Student Newspaper Bites the Dust
posted by September 9 at 17:06 PMon
Seattle Central Community College has quietly cut its journalism program and put its student-run newspaper, the City Collegian, on hiatus.
Earlier this summer, Professor Jeb Wyman stepped down from his position as the paper’s faculty adviser after a battle with the school’s administration over the future of the paper. In June, Wyman fired off a letter to SCCC’s administration, excerpted here:
The Publications Board, chaired by Laura Mansfield, has been hostile to the Collegian all year, and this is one of two reasons for my departure. The board has remained willfully ignorant of the operation of the Collegian, the precepts of student journalism, and student press law.
By Laura’s own admission, the board was established with the intent of controlling the student press on this campus, and this mission was dutifully carried out from its first meeting. Not surprisingly, the board swiftly became a forum for outside agendas and false accusations made against the Collegian.
In a particularly galling turn, the Collegian was accused of misusing staff stipends, barred from explaining how this was grossly false, then further accused of “hiding” information.
I am unwilling to continue as adviser so long as this board and its chairperson are sanctioned by the administration.
At our last meeting, the board voted down a  credit-load policy that would have restricted who could participate as an editor of the Collegian. The policy…would remove about a third of the Collegian’s senior editors, degrade the students’ paper, and needlessly stifle journalism education at this school.
Despite the board’s “no” vote, Laura has made an “executive decision” to invalidate the board’s vote.
I am sad to leave the position as adviser to the Collegian, but am unable to continue under the present circumstances.
After Wyman’s resignation, the City Collegian was left without an advisor and SCCC has put the City Collegian on hiatus.
SCCC isn’t the first local community college to lose their newspaper. Last year, North Seattle Community College also put its student paper, The Polaris, on indefinite hiatus.
Mansfield—who is also SCCC’s spokeswoman—did not return calls for comment on the future of student journalism at SCCC.