Hello, I’m Daniel Bornstein, a junior at John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, New York who is new to this blog. There’s been a lot of discussion here about the Record going fully online, and I’d like to weigh in.
I think the loss of the print edition would mean a crushing blow to a vital part of campus culture. With the newspaper being the only student organization that is independently financed at many colleges, the paper is symbolic of the student voice. And in this dire time for newspapers–as metro dailies fall deeper into a hole–I’ve been hearing that local weekly papers are the ones filling the void. To me, that suggests a greater role for papers like the Record.
New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof writes an excellent post on his blog explaining how the loss of the print newspaper would mean the loss of a community watchdog. What Kristof writes is also applicable to college newspapers, whose editorial boards expect accountability from the school administration.