The fate of Central Oregon Community College’s student newspaper will be decided early next year, after a new work group investigates whether or not it should return for the 2019-20 school year.
In the informational packet for the Wednesday night Board of Directors meeting, the college announced that President Shirley Metcalf will create a “work group” that will determine how its newspaper, The Broadside, could return after being shut down in July. Representatives from COCC and a journalist will be included in the group.
According to the packet, the group will address the type of news source “most appropriate” for the college, how it could be supported, if participating students will need to register for a journalism course or have a minimum GPA or credit requirement, and other questions.
The work group will present its recommendation to Metcalf in early 2019, the release stated.
After the July announcement that The Broadside wouldn’t return, Metcalf sent an email to staff on Aug. 12 indicating a desire to discuss possibly reopening the paper. At September’s COCC Board of Directors’ meeting in Madras, multiple faculty members and a student voiced their support for the paper.