The City Collegian was published at Seattle Central College for 40 years.
The City Collegian was published at Seattle Central College for 40 years.

The Capitol Hill Times could soon have more competition in the neighborhood as Seattle Central College is once again reviving its student newspaper.

The college’s The City Collegian ran for 40 years, but shut down in November 2008 due to issues between the administration and the paper’s staff. Then came The New City Collegian briefly from 2012 to 2014, with The Central Circuit magazine moving to online only and then ending in 2015.

“It didn’t really abruptly end. It just kind of went through stages of death,” said Johnny Horton, a Seattle Central English instructor and Student Website and Publications (SWAP) team faculty advisor.

Horton said part of the reason The City Collegian couldn’t make it was due to state budget cuts at the time. The college said at the time of the paper’s folding that it had to do with faculty advisor Jeb Wyman resigning, according to a Seattle Times report.

“Jeb, he never let people forget that The City Collegian was an award-winning newspaper,” Horton said, crediting the longtime newsman and Seattle Central College president Sheila Edwards Lange for bringing a student newspaper back to the Capitol Hill campus. “She kind of set the wheels in motion.”

Horton worked for the Hungry Horse News in Columbia Falls, Montana during his 20s and the Seattle Scroll back in the ‘90s, he said. As a graduate student, he was a coordinating editor for the University of Washington’s Seattle Review.

Whether the newspaper reboot is The New City Collegian, The City Collegian, The Central Circuit or takes on a new name will be up to the student editorial board, Horton said, which he expected to have hired on after Thanksgiving.

“I am going to leave it up to them a little bit as far as how they want to structure the hierarchy,” he said.

While there is a budget for printing newspapers, Horton said it’s likely the student journalists will be more interested in providing online news and managing social media accounts. The publication will start out online-only, which Horton hopes to have up during the winter quarter. He’s running a survey to find out whether students want a print version.

“I’m hoping to be surprised. I hope that there’s more interest in print than I suspect,” Horton said. “I think a print paper can really help bond a community and bond the students.”

Horton will spend this next quarter teaching journalistic principles and concepts.

“It’s my hope that once we get the newspaper up and running there will be a revived interest in journalism classes,” he said.

Student journalists will be encouraged to not only focus on the goings on at Seattle Central, but city and state issues that have an impact on the college, such as funding for higher education and the high cost of living in Capitol Hill.

“This is an interesting fact, but our students used to live here on Capitol Hill,” Horton said, with many also coming from the Central District.