If you know me well, you probably know about The San Matean and what a big role it has played in my life.
In case you don’t know, The San Matean is the student-run newspaper at The College of San Mateo.
It is the place where I fell in love with journalism, where I learned more about life and the real world than I ever thought I would.
I found out today that the classes that support The San Matean were cancelled for the Fall semester.
For two years The San Matean’s newsroom became a second home to me. I was always there because I wanted to be.
I held many roles there: Managing Editor, Editor-in-Chief, and then Executive Editor.
I have since left The College of San Mateo and am now studying journalism at San Jose State University.
I will always remember The San Matean as the place it all started.
At the end of my first semester on the paper I began gathering public records about the future of the journalism program and started to write editorials about my findings.
I still hold a role on the paper’s advisory committee and would always be there to read an editorial for the staff or help with a records request, even after my departure from the school.
If you want to know more about the details of the first amendment situation with the school, feel free to visit, http://firstamendmentcsm.blogspot.com/.
I hope this post makes sense. There are so many emotions I am feeling right now that I don’t even know where to begin.
The adviser to The San Matean, Ed Remitz is a very special person in my life. He is almost like a second father to me. He’s always been there for me no matter what. He taught me so many invaluable lessons. Some of those lessons were ones I didn’t care to learn at the time, but as I further my journalism education I find that those lessons are the most useful tools I have.
I have made countless friends through The San Matean and they all hold a special place in my life. I felt like we were a second family. We spent late nights working on the paper and we always helped each other. There were times when I saw Ed and the staff more than I saw my own boyfriend or family.
After talking with a few people about the reality that the days of The San Matean are over, I found that people shared those memories like I did. They too felt that this paper held such a special place in their lives. The San Matean was the place they too fell in love with journalism.
I hope to create a petition on change.org where people can go and share how the paper has helped them. Even though this might not change the reality that The San Matean is no more it can be a great tools so that the community can see what an impact this community college newspaper made on the students who loved it.
For now all we have are the memories and lessons learned, but to me The San Matean will always mean so much more.
As for the details of how this happened, Ed and some other instructors were emailed a memo with a list of cancelled classes. The classes that produce the paper were on that list.
Several local media outlets are already on the story and will be contacting former staff members. I will be sure to keep you all updated here.
That’s all for now. Feel free to contact me if you want to talk to the media and I’ll pass along your name.