A year ago this week, staff of The Red & Black walked out in protest of policies they believed threatened student editorial control. For several days, students and the board of directors, which runs the independent nonprofit newspaper, found themselves at an impasse — culminating with a tense "open house" meeting where the paper's then-general manager got in an altercation with a student journalist covering the event.
Five days after resigning in protest over concerns about editorial control, The Red & Black’s top editors have been reinstated by the paper’s board.
Former editors at The Red & Black have decided to reapply for their positions following an apology from the paper’s board, though concerns remain over the extent to which the board has reversed the policies that prompted the students to quit in protest.
The stand-off between former student editors at The Red & Black and the paper’s board of directors continues after a meeting Thursday afternoon was unsuccessful in addressing the students’ concerns over editorial independence.
Responding to an editor walk-out Wednesday night, The Red & Black’s publisher said in a statement that the student editors resignations were the result of a “miscommunication.”
Top editors at The Red & Black, the independent student newspaper at the University of Georgia, have quit in protest over concerns about students’ editorial authority over the paper’s content.