The plot thickens, or, as my Dad always says at the height of the narrative arc in every move he’s ever watched: “What a revolting development THIS is.”

The paper came out without its staff. The staff is dutifully and impressively documenting every move from all sides on their various public content vehicles, Facebook group, Twitter, blog. They offer a PDF of the errant issue. I’m deeply moved by that. They are indeed walking the walk of freedom of information.I’m still wating to see two additional new media technologies used by the students: YouTube videos documenting their strike, and streaming video.

Here’s the blog post updating us:

First Emerald produced since 1900 without student contributors

March 5, 2009 by independentjournalist

Uploaded tonight to the ODE drop (an internet resource we use to publish) was a copy of tomorrow’s “Oregon Daily Emerald.” (Quotes are intentional.) We decided to repost a pdf the first-ever non-student newspaper ever published at the University of Oregon under the masthead of the “Oregon Daily Emerald” here tonight for our readers, advertisers, and community to review.

Contained is a series of articles covering our strike, including content pulled from our blog and a statement from the ODE Board. The rest of the articles are from the AP wire, meaning that tomorrow students will receive from the Emerald the coverage of news written not by other students but by journalists working elsewhere.

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The UO Journalism staffers at the Daily Emerald — currently on strike — are wisely using all social networking tools at their disposal to get their word out. They’ve set up a blog to update interested parties on their thoughts, progress, news, actions. I haven’t checked for a Facebook group but I assume if there isn’t one yet it’s coming any second.

Much to explore!!

The striking Emerald staff blog is:

Independent Journalism

The Oregon Commentator, of all publications, has come out in support of our strike. You can see the full text of the OC’s editorial here.

Source: collegemediamatters.com

University of Oregon Daily Emerald newspaper staffers ON STRIKE!!!
Quite a story unfolding down the road. Much to chew on from all sides:

http://media.www.dailyemerald.com/media/storage/paper859/news/2009/03/04/News/Emerald.News.Staff.Strikes-3658778.shtml

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

by Ashley Chase and Allie Grasgreen | Editor in chief and Managing editor |

PUBLISHED ON 3/4/09 IN News

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.

http://www.stillanewspaperman.com/2009/03/04/this-fight-will-go-on-without-me/

STEVE SMITH RESPONDS:

This fight will go on without me

Good morning,

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.