Removal of Faculty Advisers Sparks Concern About Independence of Student Publications

by: Jonathan Peters | CJR

At least four college newspaper advisers have been removed from their roles or seen their positions reduced or eliminated over the last six months, raising concerns among advocates about the independence of student publications around the country.

 

Two of the cases have prompted lawsuits, and one of the former advisers has filed a grievance. At one school, the entire journalism program was canceled and funding to print the student paper was slashed.

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