Oregon Student Newspaper on Strike

Editors demand autonomy from board of directors.

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The staff of the Oregon Daily Emerald, the University of Oregon's student newspaper, are on strike to protest decisions from the paper's board of directors. The staff has a list of demands, which includes that the board rescind a job offer to a nonstudent publisher (Steven Smith, a former editor in chief at Spokane's Spokesman-Review) and a promise that editorial control will rest solely with students.

The strike began at 6 a.m. today. By mid-morning, Smith "withdrew from the fray" and ended his involvement with the Daily Emerald, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

Meanwhile, the newspaper's board seemed to remain unfazed. In an E-mail to editors last night, the board wrote, "Acceding to these demands would essentially dissolve the structure of the corporation. Furthermore, the board refuses to be bullied and blackmailed."