Students fight to keep school paper alive

Students at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale used duct tape to protest the cancelation of a journalism class.

May 25, 2010 7:07:49 PM PDT
Wearing duct tape over their mouths, about 50 Fremont High School students in Sunnyvale marched to the main office of the school to protest the temporary closure of their newspaper, The Phoenix.

The protest is in response to the elimination of the journalism class, which has seen a decline in the number of students enrolled for next year. Without a journalism class, there will be no newspaper.

The students fear this could be the end of their school's award winning newspaper.

"We actually didn't get funding this year; we're the only ones that didn't get funding from the administration," editor Vered Hazanchuk said. "If we have no newspaper, we have no voice."

The Fremont Union high School District said the newspaper is not closing permanently. They cited some financial constraints and low enrollment as the main reasons for not offering the class next year. Only 17 students initially signed up for the journalism course. But Hazanchuk said they are recruiting more students, but are still short of the 30 or more they need.

"We really want this class," student reporter Lucia Tran said. "Everyone is feeling part of it. They love it and it's helped our social skills, as well as getting into college and the experience."

In the meantime, the school is proposing that the students form a newspaper club.

The Phoenix is an award-winning newspaper. It has won one silver and two gold medals from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.


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