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College of San Mateo Cuts Journalism Program

The popular program is being cut following a decision by the administration to cancel its fall journalism classes

Journalism students at the College of San Mateo are in for a nasty surprise as the popular program, led by Professor Ed Remitz, is being cut.

The program emphasizes practical journalism skills, with many of its students working for the San Matean, a publication released twice per month.

California’s Community Colleges have undergone significant budget cutbacks in recent years due to declining funds from the state government.

San Mateo County Spokesperson Marshall Wilson released the following statement on behalf of the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club:

"The College of San Mateo has run an excellent journalism program for many years and it is extremely unfortunate that classes were canceled. Journalism teaches students to ask tough questions and to dig into important issues. Journalism also teaches students the craft of writing, an extremely important skill in this information age. All public institutions are facing difficult decisions due to budget constraints.

On behalf of the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club, I have asked to meet with officials from the College of San Mateo to discuss the reasons for canceling the journalism classes and to offer our assistance in reviving the journalism program or continuing journalism education at CSM and the publication of The San Matean as a club activity."

The Office of the President at the College of San Mateo could not be reached for comment on this story.

Andrew Peceimer August 20, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Who needs Journalism classes when we have a new track and field?
Justin August 20, 2012 at 03:10 AM
LOL Yeah I figure why stop at administrators and teachers. Fire and Police can retire at 50 years old. I haven't met any 50 year old retired teachers.
Andrew Peceimer August 20, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Justin, Check out the following website to understand why the public retirment system is unstainable. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/26/3727843/six-figure-pensions-soar-for-california.html
Andrew Peceimer August 20, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Justin, Check out the following website to understand why the public retirement system is unsustainable. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/26/3727843/six-figure-pensions-soar-for-california.html
Do Nothing School Admin August 20, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Obama's fault. Impeach him!

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