The Red & Black: Wins all around for UGA student newspaper

redJust in time to bask in its selection as one of the nation’s top college newspapers, the Red & Black appears to be back on track. The staff and board have resolved their differences over editorial control, and staffers who quit in the power struggle are returning.

And, in its top 20 list of college newspapers, Princeton Review awarded the Red & Black 10th place. (First place went to the Daily Collegian of Penn State University.)

According to the AJC:

The top two editors of the student newspaper covering the University of Georgia were reinstated Monday, five days after they and others walked out over a conflict with the editorial board.

“Members of the Red and Black board welcome the reinstatement of Editor-in-Chief Polina Marinova and Managing Editor Julia Carpenter,” said a statement emailed Monday evening to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We look forward to the editors and their staff resuming production of one of the nation’s top student news organizations.”

The student newspaper has been independent from the Athens university since 1980 and is self-funded. Many of the university’s journalism students work at the paper for real-world experience coinciding with classwork.

Last week, the paper made national headlines of its own when staff members resigned and announced plans to begin another student-run news operation. The students walked out Wednesday following a dispute over editorial control of the paper, Marinova previously said. But that issue had been resolved Monday evening, according to a statement released by student editors, the editorial board and the paper’s publisher, Harry Montevideo. UGA’s administration is not affiliated with the paper’s board of directors.

“We want to be clear that students have editorial control over the contents of our publications with no prior review,” the statement read. Also included in the statement was an apology on behalf of students for walking out on the eve of publication.

“As journalists, it went against our instinct and training to walk out of a newsroom on deadline,” the statement read. “We extend an apology to those who were adversely affected.”

–from Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

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August 21st, 2012
2:56 pm

Kudos to the the Red and Black board for realizing the error of their ways, clarifying, and making it right. Kudos to the students for standing up for journalistic integrity, and subsequently, issuing an apology for the timing of the protest.

All parties resolved this dispute quickly and maturely…while eating a little humble pie in the process. We don’t get to see that very often these days. Maybe the rest of us can learn from it: “I made a mistake. I’m sorry.” It goes a long way.

bootney farnsworth

August 21st, 2012
3:27 pm

well, will you look at that.

so much for the expel them all, this will never work crowd.


August 21st, 2012
3:40 pm

do these kids really have “journalistic integrity”? Does that even exist in today’s journalistic community, outside their all too obvious political agenda? Let’s hope these kids are not being groomed to be the next generation of MSNBC/NBC journalists.


August 21st, 2012
4:06 pm

Oh bulldogbill….I’m sure you would be just fine if they turned out in the mold of those “fair and balanced” folks over at Fox.


August 21st, 2012
5:47 pm

:…it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing…”


August 21st, 2012
7:02 pm


Radio GaGa

August 21st, 2012
9:03 pm

The board members, from the chairman on down, and you know you who are, should resign. What a disgrace to the First Amendment and freedom of the press.

Burroughston Broch

August 22nd, 2012
12:05 am

Looked at their website and couldn’t discover who is on the editorial board. Not a good sign.


August 22nd, 2012
7:44 am

Hard to find fault with this resolution.

Follow the Course

August 22nd, 2012
7:54 am

The R&B is seemingly a totally dysfunctional group from top to bottom. And typically they are calling everyone a “winner” and will all receive their trophies shortly.

Pride and Joy

August 22nd, 2012
2:26 pm

Radio Ga GA is right when he or she says “The board members, from the chairman on down, and you know you who are, should resign. What a disgrace to the First Amendment and freedom of the press.”

I agree. I can hardly believe they thought they could get away with censoring a newspaper.


August 22nd, 2012
4:35 pm

Guess hissy fits pay off at party “schools”. Good luck with that in the real world, losers.


August 22nd, 2012
5:14 pm

UGA is Georgia’s flagship University and what happens at their student newspaper matters, especially when it is supposedly independent of the UGA administration and over the years has had many exposes of that administration. It looks like this story is not over. I read, with foreboding, the 4:03 pm story about another R&B Board member resigning in light of “what the Board is about to do.”

Sounds like a power struggle is going on behind the scenes….


August 22nd, 2012
5:20 pm

P.S. There are larger issues involved here: the freedom of the press, especially since one of the Board members is chair of the UGA journalism department, and academic freedom, which extends to University students as well as the faculty, legally speaking.


August 22nd, 2012
8:37 pm

“Freedom of the press is for those who own one!” -Anonymous

[...] looked as though the Red & Black furor had reached a comfortable detente (and victory for the students). I was heartened to see the students stand by their adviser Ed [...]

Inman Park Boy

August 23rd, 2012
3:08 pm

My only problem with the R&B (and I read it occasionally) is its incredible amateurishness. It really reeks of high school journalism. College quality? Hardly.