Thursday, January 19, 2017

Free speech

Reporters flocked to a campus controversy but missed its surprising conclusion
Excerpt: But in the end, it is primarily the story of one student who challenged prevailing views at one of the nation’s most liberal universities and of a group of student journalists who, after a shaky start, got their mojo back and saved their paper and its independence. The paper responded to critics by creating a news section devoted to minority voices, while also asserting its First Amendment rights and pursuing financial independence to defend itself against future attacks. In contrast to other schools shaken by similar controversies at the same time, clear winners have emerged—some rather surprising for a school with Wesleyan’s reputation as a bastion of hyper-liberalism.

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