The myth of the college as a democracy

February 9, 2007

Shortly before the holidays, an administrator at the University of Southern California rejected the re-election of the campus newspaper’s editor, Zach Fox. Fox, who had headed the Daily Trojan during the previous semester, had pushed for greater independence for the newspaper from the university, and while a majority of staff members supported him, the university’s higher-ups did not approve. In an editorial published in 18 college newspapers around the country, indignant students declared: “Practicing journalism with strings attached isn’t really practicing journalism at all.”
 
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