The university news site has been rebranded to serve as the "official source for FAMU news," even as the student paper's budget has been cut.
The newly hired editor of The Famuan at Florida A&M University said Thursday afternoon that she hopes to improve the relationship between students and the newspaper during her term, which will kick off officially next week when the paper begins printing after a two-week suspension by the school's journalism dean.The school hasn't made a formal announcement yet, but senior Angie Meus confirmed the news and said she was in the process of hiring the rest of her staff.Meus applied for the position after Dean Ann Kimbrough reopened the application process, forcing current editors to reapply for their positions and inviting others to apply as well.
As I mentioned in my Wednesday story, journalism administrators have been pretty tight-lipped since news broke that the school's dean had suspended publishing of The Famuan while requiring editors to reapply for their positions and attend training sessions.This morning, I heard back from Valerie White, the director of the school's journalism division.
The former editor of Florida A&M University’s student newspaper was not rehired after he and the rest of the paper’s editors were forced to reapply for their positions.
In the week and a half since the staff of The Famuan at Florida A&M University learned they could not publish the paper as planned without taking part in additional training and reapplying for their position, student journalists at newspapers across the country have spoken up in defense of the Famuan staff in several strongly worded editorials and columns.Over at The Arizona Daily Wildcat, Editor-in-Chief Kristina Bui criticized the decision by FAMU administrators to shut down the paper's printing after the filing of a libel lawsuit against the paper last month.
This weekend, former editors of The Famuan at Florida A&M University launched an underground website, inkandfangs.com, to distribute news during a suspension of the paper's publishing by the journalism school's dean.Karl Etters, who had been serving as editor-in-chief of The Famuan before being told last week that he would have to reapply for his job, said the staff of about 10 made the decision to create the site because they feel it's important to continue covering the campus.The Famuan's first issue of the semester was to have been published today, but staff learned last week that journalism dean Ann Kimbrough was suspending publication until staff completed training.
The student newspaper at Florida A&M university has been suspended from publishing, its adviser removed and its staff told they must reapply for their positions by the dean of FAMU’s School of Journalism and Graphic Communication.