As student newspapers across the country are campaigning to #SaveStudentNewsrooms from the financial pressures that are taking a toll on the rest of the industry, one of Texas A&M’s most famous journalism graduates has stepped forward to voice his support.
Lyle Lovett on Wednesday took to Twitter to argue for the value of the student newspaper experience. “In my day there, the @TheBattOnline newsroom gave us @tamu journalism students a sense of community. It was a place we could learn from each other—the best classroom on campus.”
“Are student newsrooms in danger of disappearing? I didn’t realize. In my day there, the @TheBattOnline newsroom gave us @tamu journalism students a sense of community. It was a place we could learn from each other—the best classroom on campus. #SaveStudentNewsrooms https://twitter.com/thebattonline/status/989141982470524928 …
Lovett received his degree in journalism from A&M in 1979, then returned to study German, earning a degree in that as well. Along the way, he worked from A&M’s student newspaper, The Battalion, both covering city politics and interviewing touring musicians such as Willis Alan Ramsey and Steven Fromholz.”
In a 2012 interview with the San Diego Union Tribune, Lovett was just as effusive about his journalism experiences at Texas A&M.
“I got to work with people at The Battalion that were smart and it was always inspiring. One night a week, we had to take turns (working) on the copy editor’s desk and writing headlines. That was a little like songwriting, having to fit in a certain amount of information.”