The NECC Observer is an award-winning newspaper published by NECC journalism students. The Observer is the independent voice of the students and is published twice monthly during the academic year. The newspaper is not censored by, nor does it represent, the views of Northern Essex Community College administrators.
The NECC Observer staff works to inform the college community, including students, faculty, and staff. The Observer also serves as a public forum for the Haverhill and Lawrence campuses and accepts letters and guest columns from the college community. The Observer prints most letters it receives, but the student editors reserve the right to edit or reject all submissions.
The NECC Observer is funded by the college’s Academic Affairs division, and the newspaper staff receives its training in the college’s Journalism/Communication Program. Professor Mary Jo Shafer, an instructor in the Communication Arts Department, serves as faculty adviser to the newspaper.
Members of the NECC community are encouraged to submit letters to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Letter to the Editor” in the subject line. Letters may also be dropped off in the Observer newsroom located in the Opportunity Works Building (HOW) on the Haverhill Campus.
The NECC Observer is a member of the Associated Collegiate Press and the New England Press Association.
Mary Jo Shafer, Faculty Adviser