A committee appointed by Oklahoma State University’s Board of StudentPublications recommended Jan. 18 that the editor in chief of the studentnewspaper, The Daily O’Collegian, have the authority to hire the studenteditor in charge of the Web site that bears the paper’s nickname,ocolly.com.
The move brings the board a step closer to ending a dispute that lastsemester led to print staffers withholding O’Collegian content from theWeb site. The controversy began when General Manager Fritz Wirt allowed astudent to write a blog for ocolly.com over the objections of the O’Collegian’sthen-editor in chief, Jenny Redden.
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SPLC View: This is an encouraging development in a case we have beentracking carefully. It’s likely we’ll see similar debates about the relationshipbetween traditional print student papers and their burgeoning onlinecounterparts in the months and years to come, and the editors at O’Collegianhave done all college student media a favor in contesting the plans to turn oversome key oversight roles for their Web site to non-students.