The editorial staff of the Oregon Daily Emerald, which went on strike Wednesday in protest of organizational changes, plans to return to work and publish a newspaper today, the newspaper announced Friday.
In an editorial published on the student newspaper's Web site, the Emerald staff said the paper's Board of Directors is open to further discussions about the role of a new publisher. The board had previously agreed to a plan that would place the new publisher in a supervisory role over the editor-in-chief, breaking with the current organizational structure in which the editor only answers to the board.
"The newsroom of the Oregon Daily Emerald still harbors legitimate concerns about the future of this organization and the supervisory role of a professional publisher over our student editor in chief," the editorial stated. "We will not abandon that concern. But we believe it is in the best interest of both the company as a whole and all of our readers to move forward while these serious discussions take place."
The publisher position was to be filled on an interim basis by Steven A. Smith, a former editor of the Spokesman Review who had provided consulting services to the Emerald. Smith decided not to take the job when he learned of the strike, and the board plans to conduct a national search to replace him.