Yesterday was Student Press Freedom Day, and we thought this would be a good time to talk about the constant challenges The Bulletin and other student media organizations face. 

After our budget was slashed last Spring semester by Associated Student Government, we’ve been facing a lot of cutbacks. 

This has affected our ability to produce a quality product.

Additionally, it left at least four students without jobs, as their positions had to be cut. 

However, our challenge is not unique, and it is indicative of a larger system in our country.

 Across the country, student newspapers have reported a rise in slashed budgets, censorship efforts and stolen papers and equipment, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and the Student Press Law Center.

But just because our challenge isn’t unique, doesn’t make it any easier. It’s disheartening to see people turning on journalism.

Journalism is the search for and reportage of truth. Without it, we have no democracy.

Our founding fathers knew this, and it is discouraging to see us move away from these ideals as a country.

So we need your help. 

You can make a difference and show your support for local and student journalism. Here’s how:

Thank a reporter. Reporters often work long shifts with no thanks. Even a simple “thanks for covering our event” goes a long way.

If you have the money, donate it to help support journalism,or you could buy an ad or a subscription to show your support.

Reach out to local government, such as your ASG senators, and express your interest in supporting student media funding and the free press. 

Or take a minute and become familiar with your local student paper. Subscribe to our newsletter, pick up a paper copy, visit our website or follow us on social media!

And if all else fails, apply to work at the paper. If you want to truly make a difference in this community and this state, become a reporter and help uphold the republic’s democracy.

We’ve been the student voice since 1901. That’s 118 years of reportage on Emporia State and the surrounding community.

We hope to be able to serve you for 118 more, but we need your support.

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