Texas A&M University: Administration Attempts to Move Student Newspaper Under Journalism Department, Demands It Stop Printing


Texas A&M University - College Station

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On February 10, 2022, Texas A&M University informed The Battalion, the university’s independent student newspaper, that it would be moved under the journalism department and must cease printing immediately. The next day, after backlash from advocacy groups and journalists across the country, the university told The Battalion that it may continue to print until the end of the semester. And on February 14, the university announced it would add two student journalists from The Battalion to a working group overseeing Battalion-related decisions. FIRE wrote to Texas A&M on February 15, explaining that The Battalion’s status as an independent student organization means that its student journalists — not university administrators — have full control over their fate.