Student journalism has been a key initiative within college campuses nationwide. While many students don’t read the student paper, they still serve an important function in any university.
Many student newspapers are the first to report on corruption and major problems at their schools, which can lead to positive changes and reforms on campus. As a contributor for my school’s newspaper, I truly appreciate all those involved and the sacrifices many members of our paper’s leadership take to make sure our paper is top notch.
Unfortunately, there are numerous situations where student-run journalism is caving to the radical left. Northwestern University’s student newspaper, The Daily Northwestern, published an apology after sending a reporter to cover Jeff Sessions’ speech on campus.
My biggest issue reading this “apology” as a student journalist is the fact that they apologized for taking pictures. The newspaper said that, “Some protestors found photos posted to reporters’ Twitter accounts retraumatizing and invasive.” From the apology, it appears that the photos they are referring to were of the protests. If you were participating in a protest, why is a journalist taking a picture of it be a problem?
An apology for covering the former Attorney General’s speech and the protest surrounding it shouldn’t be needed, and it shouldn’t have been given. If the journalist acted improperly or rudely that is one thing, but covering a major event on campus shouldn’t be controversial. This newspaper should have stood by its team, instead of bowing to the leftist rage mob.
Unfortunately, this isn’t just happening on one campus.
The Harvard Crimson, Harvard’s student newspaper has been under fire recently for asking ICE for a comment about an event advocating for the abolition of ICE held on campus. Those holding the event started a petition against the newspaper, saying that, “We are extremely disappointed in the cultural insensitivity displayed by The Crimson’s policy to reach out to ICE, a government agency with a long history of surveilling and retaliating against those who speak out against them.” This eventually lead the undergraduate council to release a statement against the paper stating, “It is necessary for the Undergraduate Council to acknowledge the concerns raised by numerous groups and students on campus over the past few weeks and to recognize the validity of their expressed fear and feelings of unsafety.”
Attempting to cover all sides is now being met with retaliation and fear mongering. True journalism has no alliances with any groups as it stands to allow all voices to be heard. Student journalism should be no different. They owe nothing to any one prson or group, and they must stand for the truth.
We must advocate for the student journalists who are being attacked for doing their jobs. More conservative students must begin to enter student journalism and stand with those who attempt to cover the real stories and not be afraid to ask tough questions. We cannot just sit on the sidelines and hope that it doesn’t continue to fall apart. We must stand up.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.