Ryan Sholin, a student in San Jose State's journalism program, critques the way Central Valley newspapers have covered the student walkout story:
My favorite part about the Californian’s coverage is the “Special Report” on illegal immigrants, dated December of 2005, but apparently reposted on the newspaper’s website to add even more context to this week’s events.
As one familiar voice at our student newspaper would say, “You need some more student voices in there.”
Protests happen all the time. Tell us what’s different about this one, and tell us what it’s about. The fact that there is a protest is not news; the fact that thousands of students all over the state walked out IS news. The fact that protesters and police clashed — is completely normal. Tell us if there are any arrests or injuries, and move on. Focus on the issue – why are they there?
Cheers to the Watsonville and Salinas papers, an honorable mention to the Monterey County Herald, and jeers to the Sentinel.