Just 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.)
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