Print is not dead. Just ask student journalists at Seattle Central Community College.
The first print edition of the New City Collegian hit campus June 5, thanks to the sweet financial backing of Cupcake Royale.
sccc has been without a print edition of the campus newspaper since 2008. The newspaper went online in 2011, but Editor Sebastian Garrett-Singh said the college needs a print version, since not all students were aware of the online one.
Cupcake Royale’s financial support — the company bought the only ads in the paper — paid for one 12-page edition, he said. He hopes to sell more ads or collect more support for more issues this fall, which could come out quarterly, monthly or bi-weekly, depending on financing.
When it comes to campus press, SCCC has a troubled past. In 2008, The City Collegian shut down after students and administrators clashed over editorial content and finances. It was the end of a 42-year history of the paper and of journalism classes on campus.
Faculty advisor Jeb Wyman said the print edition is the first step in re-establishing journalism classes on campus.
An independently financed newspaper will allow students to report on campus affairs without fear of retaliation from college administrators, he said.
Given the history of newspapers at sccc, “self-supporting is a really good model going into the future,” Wyman said.