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The role of student newspapers changes as campus activism grows

The role of student newspapers changes as campus activism grows

After my first semester of college in December 2013, I remember sharing confusion with a friend: Weren't college students supposed to be political? It had been four months, and even though we read our student newspaper every week, we hadn't encountered a single student-led march, sit-in, or protest of any kind. Initially, we blamed this on the culture of our isolated state school, but began to notice that, aside from the occasional divestment rally at a liberal arts college, there was very little going on at universities nationwide.

I began writing for the student newspaper the following semester, and while I covered several protests led by community members,...

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