Teen editor in 1978: You students don’t deserve a school newspaper!

Letter to Romenesko

From BRUCE MacLEOD: Attached is a farewell column from my high school (Riverside Secondary in Windsor, Ontario) paper in 1978. The paper was going out of business because of a lack of sales.

The situation has been repeated for decades and is especially timely today with print sales being so low. But the way this writer happily lays blame on the customers is a column that all newspaper people would love to have written.

“The students do not deserve a newspaper. It isn’t appreciated and even more, it seems most of you don’t give a damn if there is a paper or not.”

Priceless. Unfortunately timeless as well.


I’ve asked Darlene Hebert about her editor stint and what she’s up to now.