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The Western Oregon Journal is the official student newspaper of Western Oregon University. It is published weekly during fall, winter and spring terms under the authority of the Student Media Board.


Student Media Board Members:


Jon Tucker, Werner University Center Director | tuckerj@wou.edu

Craig Coleman, Non-student/non-faculty Media Representative

Lisa Catto, Public Relations Specialist | cattol@wou.edu


The Journal is a designated public forum. Student editors have the authority to make all content decisions without censorship or advanced approval.


Opinions expressed in this newspaper by advertisers, in letters to the editor and in editorials may not necessarily be the opinion of the editor or other Journal staff members.


The Western Oregon Journal, published for use by Western students, faculty and staff, is private property. A single copy of the Journal is free from newsstands. Unauthorized removal of multiple copies will be considered theft and is prosecutable.



Western Oregon Journal's Mission Statement:


The Western Oregon Journal has at the heart of its mission publishing news, information, and opinion articles for and about student, faculty, and administration activities, interests, and policies; maintaining a high ethical standard with regard to personal and legal rights, responsibilities, and above all else, accuracy; providing a public forum that encourages and prints free and responsible expression of student opinion and presents well-balanced, locally researched issues of broader student interests; striving for a high level of competency in the technical aspects of writing, including grammar, spelling, clarity, and precision; welcoming diversity and increasing the scope and depth of its coverage in order to heighten mutual understanding and awareness throughout the entire campus community; and fostering the development of professional journalism at Western Oregon University in light of the campus’s lack of a formal journalism program.



When and Where to find the newspaper:


The Western Oregon Journal is published every Wednesday and distributed in 12 different buildings on campus:


1. Campbell Hall

2. Bellamy Hall

3. Natural Science

4. APSC

5. Smith Hall

6. Administration Building

7. ITC

8. College of Education

9. Hamersly Library

10. Valsetz Dining Hall

11. RSC

12. New PE


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