At Grambling, Even the Newspaper is News

By: Tracie Powell | Columbia Journalism Review

As Louisiana’s Grambling State University made national news the past couple weeks for student protests over deteriorating facilities and a shortage of qualified professors, a related battle with administrators is unfolding over how student newspaper editors are covering the issue, or not covering it.

Reeling from heightened media attention, angry alumni, protesting students, and scrutiny from press freedom groups, officials at the historically black university backtracked Monday from an initial decision to punish two student journalists for allegedly breaking the ethics code of the school paper, The Gramblinite.


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