About The Siskiyou

Our Mission: To generate the highest quality newspaper in an unbiased manner to the students, staff, and faculty with newsworthy, entertaining, and stimulating content.

The Siskiyou is a weekly publication produced by students of Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. The print edition of the Siskiyou began in November 1926, and over the years has established a reputation for accurate and unbiased reporting both on and off campus.

In January 2012, our editorial staff pioneered the transition to a completely online newspaper, allowing for more flexibility and in-depth reporting than our weekly print edition allowed. As the official student-run newspaper of SOU, the paper publishes stories throughout the academic school year, with the exception of winter, spring and summer breaks.

Community submissions, such as letters to the editor, columns, blogs and article comments are encouraged. Over the years, the editors and staff of the Siskiyou have won numerous awards. In 2009 and 2018, for example, the staff of the Siskiyou was awarded top honors in the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association’s Collegiate Newspaper Contest.

To support the student paper through monetary donations, visit this link and select “The Siskiyou” in the drop down menu.

Meet the Staff:


James Miller (he/him/his): My name is James, and I am an English major and Education minor. When I first started college back home in the Bay Area, CA, I received a certificate in audio engineering, then decided to go back to school to pursue a teaching career. After graduating SOU, I plan to teach high school English while continuing my education to receive my PhD. In my free time, I love to record bands/artists, geek out about books and music with other people, and write.
Check out my work here!

Kate Swartz (she/they): My name is Kate Swartz, and I’m an English major with a creative writing minor. I plan to be a high school English teacher after college and hopefully a professional author. I love to read, write, and go on adventures with my friends!
Check out my work here!

Social Media Manager:


Dakota Runyon-Trapp (he/him/his): My name is Dakota and I am a digital cinema major and a digital journalism minor. After I graduate, I would like to become a writer of some sorts like journalist, author, or scriptwriter. I also see myself moving to a different country after I graduates – possibly looking at Japan if I choose to do so. My favorite thing to do is play video games. 

Check out my work here!

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