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Ohio University statement in support of The Post

Published: June 24, 2021 Author: Staff reports

In recent days, concerns have surfaced about our student newspaper, The Post, and the support provided by the University to this important publication.

Ohio University is fully committed to ensuring that The Post continue its more than 100-year legacy at OHIO. Founded in 1911, The Post has played a significant role in launching the careers of countless journalists, including many prominent writers and editors working in national media outlets and several Pulitzer Prize winners. It has also published many award-winning investigative reports and documented historic events in and around Athens, including most recently reporting about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our campuses and students. The University is extremely proud of the work of The Post and its student writers, editors, designers and photographers as well as students supporting advertising sales and other business functions.

“The Post is an essential component of the unmatched experience we deliver to students interested in pursuing a career in journalism,” said Scripps College of Communication Dean Scott Titsworth. “We will ensure it not only continues to operate but to evolve and thrive.”

In recent years, funding provided by the University to support a full-time Student Media Internship Manager has been provided through the Career and Experiential Learning Fee with the mutual understanding that an alternative plan for funding should be developed. Ohio University is committed to continuing this operational support while partnering with student leaders and mentors in the Scripps College of Communication to build a sustainable funding model that best positions The Post for success.

“Ultimately, we will find a way to safeguard the continued success of The Post while protecting its editorial independence from the institution,” said President Hugh Sherman. “Students expect and deserve the kind of experiential education provided by publications like The Post, and we will work collaboratively to design a solution that ensures we meet that expectation.”