From The New York Times:
“Much of the staff of the University of Georgia’s student newspaper, including the top editors, resigned Thursday, claiming interference, even censorship, by the nonstudent managers hired to oversee it.
Polina Marinova, the editor in chief of the newspaper, The Red and Black,said in a statement that “recently, editors have felt pressure to assign stories they didn’t agree with” and “take ‘grip and grin’ photos…’”
“The student editorial staff of the University of Georgia’s acclaimed student-run newspaper, the Red & Black, walked out on Wednesday in protest of increased oversight by the weekly’s board of directors, including putting a faculty adviser in charge of editorial content.
Editor-in-chief Polina Marinova led the walk-out the night before the semester’s second edition was set to be published, taking the other key staff members with her. The protest follows weeks of friction between the prominent university publication’s student staff and the board of directors…”
“The editor in chief of the student newspaper covering the University of Georgia resigned Wednesday during a walkout involving several staff members.
“The Red & Black’s top editors, design staff, photo staff and reporters walked out of the newspaper building this afternoon,” Polina Marinova, former editor, wrote in an online letter.
Marinova’s letter was posted on Facebook and Twitter, where a new group calling itself “Red and Dead” continued to pick up followers through Wednesday evening. Marinova did not respond late Wednesday to messages from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The group’s Twitter account was later suspended…”
From Barry Hollander, professor in the j-school:
“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…”
From Online Athens:
“ The student editorial staff of the University of Georgia’s The Red & Black newspaper walked out Wednesday evening after a non-student was named editorial director with final say on all editorial content.
The Red & Black’s student editor-in-chief, Polina Marinova, along with other top student editors and staff members, walked out after Ed Morales, who had been the paper’s editorial adviser and then became editorial director, was given full editorial control of the newspaper.
“The students have lost control of the paper, and a student newspaper is supposed to be run by students,” Amanda Jones, design editor for The Red & Black, said in a phone interview. “We’re losing power while they are hiring permanent employees that are not students. We are losing control. At this point, every single top staffer walked out…”
From 11 Alive:
“ATHENS, Ga. — The entire senior staff of UGA’s daily paper, The Red and Black, has resigned as of Wednesday evening.
In her resignation letter, the former editor-in-chief Polina Marinova sites issues like: the hiring of permanent staff members, the subjectivity of “good” and “bad” journalism and the overall editorial role of students on staff.
According to a report in the Red and Black, unrest associated with the publication has been “building since the summer…’”
From Huffington Post College:
“On Wednesday, the student editors of the University of Georgia’s independent student newspaper resigned in protest and started planning their own publication. The SPLC’s full story is about what happened is here. I want to offer one possible reason why it happened.
Founded in 1893, The Red and Black is the University of Georgia’s student-run newspaper. Since 1980, the paper has been operated as a non-profit corporation with a professional board of directors overseeing the corporation and a student editorial board overseeing the publication. In 2011, the paper switched from publishing five times a week in print to a single weekly print edition with a larger online presence…”
From Student Press Law Center:
“GEORGIA – Top editors at The Red & Black, the independent student newspaper at the University of Georgia, have quit in protest over concerns about students’ editorial authority over the paper’s content.
In a statement on a blog set up by the editors, former Red & BlackEditor-in-Chief Polina Marinova said she and other editors have been “feeling serious pressure from people who were not students.”
“For years, students have had final approval of the paper followed by a critique by the adviser only after articles were published,” Marinova wrote. “However, from now on, that will not be the case.”
Student editors’ concerns have been growing for the last month, after changes to the professional staff. Editorial adviser Ed Morales’ title was changed to Editorial Director, and an assistant editorial director was hired as well. The exiled Red & Black staff say that more than 10 professional, non-student staff have been hired…”
“Student journalists at University of Georgia newspaper The Red & Blackwalked out after the paper’s board put its adviser, Ed Morales, in charge of the paper’s editorial content. The students have set up a blog and a Twitter account, which was suspended but is now back in action. Karah-Leigh Hancock reports from Athens about how things went bad:
On Aug. 6, Kent Middleton, head of the journalism department at UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and a member of The Red & Black’s board of directors, sent out an email detailing the upcoming changes to The Red & Black. Among those changes were appointing Morales the editorial director, hiring new non-student marketing and product managers, a multimedia director, a business manager and a creative director.
Polina Marinova resigned as editor-in-chief of The Red & Black. In a post on the exiled students’ blog, she describes some of the friction between the student journalists and its advisers before the split…”
From College Media Matters:
“Revolution in Georgia! Almost a year ago to the day, I wrote a post for PBS MediaShift with those words in the headline.
To be clear, at the time, the revolution was innovative in nature. The Red & Black at the University of Georgia had just announced a bold shift to a digital-first workflow and publishing philosophy. It was by far the most proactive, high-profile student press move away from print. As the paper explained on the front page of a special wraparound section explaining the shift, “Forget everything you’ve ever thought about newspapers, because we’re redefining how it works.”
Now, a year later, there has been another high-profile, proactive Red & Black redefinition: stealing control away from the students who run and create the paper…”
From Breit Bart:
“The entire student staff of the University of Georgia “independent student newspaper,” The Red and Black, resigned en mass yesterday after returning to campus for the fall semester and discovering “that [in less than a month, The Red & Black has hired more than 10 permanent staff with veto power over students’ decisions…”
From Inside Higher Ed:
“The editors and editorial staff of The Red & Black, the student newspaper of the University of Georgia, walked out Wednesday night after the university gave editorial control of the publication to the official who used to serve only as an advisor, The Athens Banner-Herald reported. Ed Morales, who now has control of the publication, declined to comment. But students said that since they lose control of the paper, they were being forced to do articles that they did not believe in. The students have set up a blog, Red and Dead, detailing their concerns, including being told, when in doubt, to focus on “good” stories rather than “bad” stories (the latter category including articles that might cast anyone in a bad light).”
From Athens Patch:
“The staff of The Red & Black, the student newspaper at the University of Georgia, has resigned over issues of editorial control. The members have launched a website, Red and Dead, to get their message out.
Here’s a letter from the editor-in-chief that’s posted on the Red and Dead website…”
From GA Progress:
“UPDATE: The former Red and Black staff have a new Facebookpage. I also wanted to echo some of their clarifications.
1) This is not representative of all members of The Red & Black. There are still some staff members who have remained with the newspaper although all the editors resigned.
2) Because this has been asked multiple times, The Red & Black is not affiliated to the University. The board was trying to dictate content, not the University. We are clarifying to say that while there are members of the board who are affiliated to the University, The Red & Black does not receive any funds from the University and we do not believe that the board trying to dictate our content was because of the University…”
“The student editorial staff of the award-winning University of Georgia (UGA) independent student newspaper The Red & Black quit en masse Wednesday in response to the appointment of a non-student editorial director with power of prior review of the paper. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a variety of other media have also covered the developing story, and the staffers who walked out are reporting on the situation from their new blog, Red & Dead…”
The AP‘s story at that link.
“The student editorial staff of the University of Georgia’s Red & Black newspaper resigned Wednesday after receiving a draft of a completely insane memo on behalf of a member of the paper’s Board of Directors.
In addition to indicating students would no longer have final say on editorial content, the memo also demanded the paper cover fewer stories that expose “people or organizations doing bad things” and more pieces about people being happy. It came shortly after Kent Middleton, head of the university’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, announced to the student journalists that its board adviser would be named “editorial director” of the paper. Middleton also announced that they’d hired “new non-student marketing and product managers, a multimedia director, a business manager and a creative director…’”
From Jim Romenesko:
“UPDATE: The Red and Black board of directors issued a statement Thursday morning. It reads in part:
In an effort to provide a better product for our readers of print and digital news and to provide better training for our student journalists, The Red & Black recently decided to add additional professionals to both the editorial and business staff, half of whom are part time.
The Red & Black does not plan to have these professionals assume the role of our student Editor in Chief. The editorial director is a counselor, teacher, mentor, coordinator and manager. The editorial director is charged with helping students make smart content decisions prior to publication, particularly on stories, which involve issues of libel or standards of quality and ethics. It is not, nor has it ever been the intention of the board to censor student content…”
From Jim Romenesko:
“Top editorial staffers at the University of Georgia’s Red and Black resigned Wednesday after their adviser, who isn’t a UGA student, was given final say on all editorial content in the independent campus newspaper.
“For years, students have had final approval of the paper followed by a critique by the adviser only after articles were published,” writesPolina Marinova, who resigned as editor-in-chief on Wednesday. “However, from now on, that will not be the case…’”
”I, Polina Marinova, have resigned as the editor-in-chief from The Red & Black, the student newspaper covering the University of Georgia. The Red & Black’s top editors, design staff, photo staff and reporters walked out of the newspaper building this afternoon…”
From The Daily Californian:
“Staff at the University of Georgia student newspaper The Red & Black resigned on Wednesday afternoon after a non-student was given greater control over the paper’s editorial content.
The Red & Black’s editor-in-chief, managing editor, design staff, photo staff and reporters were among those who walked out after receiving a draft memo from the paper’s Board of Directors that outlined expectations of a newly appointed editorial director and also gave direction about the type of editorial content the paper should publish. The Red & Black has covered the campus since 1893 and has been independent from the university itself since 1980…”
From Peach Pundit:
“The Red & Black bills itself as an “independent student newspaper,” but I’m not sure if all those words apply tonight.
From the Athens Banner-Herald’s Online Athens, Red & Black student staffers walk out:The student editorial staff of the University of Georgia’s The Red & Black newspaper walked out Wednesday evening after a non-student was named editorial director with final say on all editorial content.
The Red & Black’s student editor-in-chief, Polina Marinova, along with other top student editors and staff members, walked out after Ed Morales, who had been the paper’s editorial adviser and then became editorial director, was given full editorial control of the newspaper…”