10 months after director layoff, MSU Denver neglects student media 

Dear readers,

Absorbing a student media organization brings responsibilities. 

On July 10, President Janine Davidson announced that MSU Denver would in the university — including the director of student media — citing budget cuts. 

It wasn’t until November that a job search was initiated for a redesigned role, lasting six months until the finalized candidate turned down the position in April. 

The Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion — who is leading the job search after Met Media was relocated under the department last summer — created a new position that would carry split duties between CMEI and student media. 

In 2019, four administrators oversaw Met Media. Now only two people support over 70 students in the student media office. Without a director, the strain has been felt throughout. 

Advocation for Met Media has fallen into the hands of student leaders of The Metropolitan, Met TV, Metrosphere and Met Radio. They have had to ask the challenging questions when individuals without media experience overstep tenets of the student press.  

There has been a continuous lack of basic understanding of Met Media operations from CMEI. They have neglected to consult the journalist professionals in the university and advisers to Met Media before announcing brash proposals like a

Met Media has been a training ground for artists, personalities and journalists alike. Not a day goes by that I don’t see the direct experience Met Media has provided alumni as I read their bylines or watch their newscasts.

If Davidson and Vice President Will Simpkins value our program like they say here, it’s time for the administration to prioritize the importance of Met Media and the need for an associate director. 

Second that! @MyMetMedia is student journalism at its best – and provides important opportunities for student engagement and career growth.

— Will Simpkins, Ed.D. (@willsimpkins) July 12, 2020

Journalism is a crucial pillar of our democracy. It is imperative that whoever leads Met Media into its next era of publication has an understanding of the precedent they may be setting for generations of students to come. 

As I write this letter, thefor the second attempt search. All I ask of applicants is to take a long, hard look at the future of journalism — the students who walk through your doors are going to be running the industry someday — a responsibility that should not be taken lightly. 

The timeline of this search has boiled down to severe negligence. It’s time for the administration to step up to their empty words and promises and provide a candidate who can recognize the freedom of the press and the journalistic obligations that follow. 

Sincerely, 

The Metropolitan editor-in-chief

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