The Ethics, Hurdles, and Payoff of Advising an Online Student Newspaper

David Cutler, Jan 27, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Student newspapers are close to my heart, of course, after my having spent five years working at one, and in that time learning every facet of the operation from writing, editing, photography to the print trade. And of course I've been producing newsletters ever since - like this one! Now this article focuses on high school journalism, which isn't quite as free-wheeling as the university newspaper I worked at, but this feels to me like it's too tightly controlled. The author speaks with pride about the fact that the administration has never sought to censor an article - what this tells me is that the students aren't taking enough risks.

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