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Oxford Observer launches first fundraising effort

The Journalism Program of the Department of Media, Journalism & Film has launched its first-ever fundraising campaign for the two-year-old Oxford Observer (oxfordobserver.org).

The Observer, staffed by journalism students and overseen by members of the Journalism Program faculty, provides a free, weekly online source of information about the city of Oxford and surrounding area.

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In recent months, the Observer has attracted backing from the Oxford Community Foundation, the Menard Family Center for Democracy and Report for Ohio to provide financial support for students and faculty for the summer- and winter-term issues of the Observer.

 The Observer now asks for reader support to continue to provide news to a community that is served by student-led media – but garners only limited attention from professional media.

"In its first two years, the Observer has published more than 1,000 stories, photographs, videos and other news items about what is going on in the community we all share," said David Wells, editor of the Observer and a member of the journalism faculty. 

Added MJF Chair Bruce E. Drushel: “The Oxford Observer not only in an oasis in what otherwise would be a local news desert -- but an excellent opportunity for students to learn the craft of local reporting for a real, live, news outlet.” 

Freedom of the press is a cherished right for Americans, Wells noted, but it requires the support of readers who value coverage of governmental, educational and social institutions.

The Observer invites readers to support its efforts with a gift to the Report for Ohio Fund. Contributions are welcome online to the Miami Advancement office (specify “other,” then “Report for Ohio Fund”) or by check to Miami University Advancement, 725 Chestnut St., Oxford, Ohio, 45056, with “Report for Ohio Fund” in the memo line.