Reporters flocked to a campus controversy but missed its surprising conclusion

Christopher Hoffman, Columbia Journalism Review, Jan 17, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Excellent article from Columbia Journalism Review on a controversy that enveloped the student-run Wesleyan Argus. It involved a column written by a staff member about Black Lives Matter that led to calls for the student association to withdraw financial support for the newspaper. This was a case that went to the heart of freedom of the press, the autonomy of the student press, and social responsibility in the press, all of which were front and centre in my own life for several years as I sat in The Gauntlet's editorial chair. The story not being reported, according to CJR, is that "Relations between The Argus and its critics, meanwhile, have improved significantly... (and) the campus has recognized the value of having contrarian voices."

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