University of Oregon Daily Emerald newspaper staffers ON STRIKE!!!
Quite a story unfolding down the road. Much to chew on from all sides:
EMERALD NEWS STAFF STRIKES
Newsroom staff will not produce another paper until the Emerald Board of Directors meets four demands to preserve student control and editorial independence, future of organization
The entire editorial staff of the Oregon Daily Emerald is on strike, effective at 6 a.m. Wednesday, March 4. The strike is in response to recent actions of the Emerald’s Board of Directors, which oversees the entire Emerald organization. This is the last edition of the Emerald we will publish until the board meets the four demands the entire newsroom staff presented to the board at its executive session meeting last night. A copy of that speech can be found at the end of this article.
STEVE SMITH RESPONDS:
This fight will go on without me
Well, I find myself in an awkward position this morning re: my work with the Daily Emerald at the University of Oregon.
As I have written here before, I have been consulting with the Emerald, at the request of and with the support of its board of directors, since last November.
I prepared a strategic plan for the board outlining steps I believed were necessary if the paper is to be saved from financial disaster.
At one point, the board chairman asked if I would be willing to step in and take on the general manager job, open since last June, and re-described by me as “publisher” in the strategic plan.