Written by Bwog Staff
Something’s up in California–at USC, the editor-in-chief of the Daily Trojan was sacked by the school’s Vice President of Student Affairs after being re-elected to the position by his staff. It’s gotten some people upset, garnered a bit of national press, and attracted the attention of the venerable Harvard Crimson, which got 18 college papers to sign and run an editorial condemning the interference (never before has the USC administration denied a staff pick for editor).
Notoriously absent? The Columbia Daily Spectator (well, and Dartmouth, but they’ve stopped publishing). Bwog asked Spec Opinion Editor Miriam Datskovsky about the reasoning behind her choice. Here is her reply:
Thanks for writing. The Harvard Crimson did approach us, but after carefully looking over a draft of the editorial, we decided that we did not feel comfortable signing it. Of course, the Spectator editorial board is not happy about the actions of the USC administration either. But as journalists, we don’t think it is responsible to sign our name to an opinion written in the words of someone else and based solely on the reporting of others. The Spectator editorial board has worked especially hard to do, and be responsible for, its own reporting this semester.
Nice to be financially independent, isn’t it?
Clarification, 10:30 PM: The Spectator editorial board made the decision to not run the editorial.