This blog is usually how about people learn from the media, but I'm hijacking it today for a few brief comments about the controversy surrounding UGA's student newspaper, The Red & Black.
The student staff walked out of the R&B on Thursday. If you want details, you can read their own site for an explanation, check out this onlineathens story, or find other mentions elsewhere. Also, the Student Press Law Center has been a factor (its take here). There is a Twitter feed worth following (@redanddead815). In fairness, we've heard zilch from the R&B management or board on this issue. None of them ever ask my advice anyway, so I'm not surprised they haven't called me overnight to make their position clear.
Okay, all that crud out of the way, let me first say I support the students. I don't know if the Department of Journalism as a whole will issue an opinion, given our chair is also on the R&B board. Kinda awkward, you understand.
And finally, I have something to add. The first persons to walk out in this mess should not have been the students. It should have been members of The Red & Black board. It's a shame, but perhaps not surprising, when a bunch of 20-year-olds are the ones drawing a line in the ethical sand.
God, I miss Conrad Fink.
In conclusion, I suspect this may get resolved if the R&B board backs off on who has final editorial responsibility, the students or some paid position. It's the students, stupid.