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SG shuts down college paper

January 29, 2008

Another student government gets angry about criticism from the college newspaper and cuts off funding. This happens at least once a year at colleges across the country, a reason student newspapers should avoid having student government have anything to do with editorial policies. At Eastern, we get our funding from the university and the director of publications reports to the vice president of academic affairs. There is nothing inherently evil about government, but there is an inherent problem when government holds power over the voice of those they serve. As Lord Acton said: Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Here’s the beginning of the story in the New York Times. Click here to get the entire sad story.

In a rancorous dispute that has pitted student journalists against student government, the editors of Montclair State University’s weekly newspaper were forced to stop publishing last week after the student body president froze the paper’s financing.

The editors of the paper, The Montclarion, claim that the president, Ron Chicken, improperly used his authority, cutting off the newspaper’s funds to silence criticism of the student government.

The student body president, however, told the Montclarion’s editors that they had violated the by-laws of the student government association by hiring their own lawyer.

On the bruising civic proving ground of higher education, there is nothing novel in the fight between the editors of a college paper and the student legislators they cover.

“Those battles are usually fought on the editorial page,” said Frank LoMonte, the executive director of the Student Press Law Center in Arlington, Va. “It is unusual to take this extreme step of pulling the plug on funding.”

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Prepare your resumes for ICPA

January 5, 2008

DEN staffers planning to interview for jobs and internships at the Illinois College Press Association’s job fair need to send resumes to the address listed in the flyer linked below by Feb. 8. Make sure resumes are saved under the proper heading and format as stated in the flyer. First, though, you will need to let either Joe or John know that you would like to attend this state conference. A sign-up sheet will be placed on the editor in chief’s door this week. Click on the following link to read the flyer — 2008-icpa-career-flyer-1.pdf  -30- 

Media attorney to speak at EIU

October 15, 2007

Here’s the note from Dr. Tidwell:

One of the premier media attorneys in Illinois will be on campus Tuesday, Oct. 23 to speak to journalism and communication studies students.

Don Craven, who practices law in Springfield, is general counsel to the Illinois Press Association, the Illinois Broadcasters Association and the Illinois News Broadcasters Association. He will speak to my Communication Law class at 9:30 a.m. and will hold an open session for staff members of The Daily Eastern News and WEIU at noon. Pizza and drinks will be provided for the noon session held in Buzzard 2504. Students interested in a law career are also encouraged to attend. The session will be very informal, so students who get out of class at 12:15 are certainly welcome to arrive a little late.

Sign up for MPI session on copy editing

October 10, 2007

Mid-America Press Institute will host “Survival guide for copy editors & designers in the digital age,” in St. Louis on Nov. 9-11. The seminar runs Friday night through Sunday noon at the Millennium Hotel. If you’re interested, let JR know. They expect about 60 journalists to attend the seminar, so student participants will have plenty of opportunity for professional contact in addition to the professional development opportunity the seminar offers.