The University of South Florida's student newspaper The Oracle is no longer allowing email interviews, except under rare circumstances. In a letter to readers Monday
, Editor-in-Chief Divya Kumar
said an increasing number of sources are requesting email interviews in hopes of having more control over their message.
As a newspaper, is it our job to provide readers with the truth, directly from the source — not from the strategically coordinated voices of public relations staff or prescreened e-mail answers.
We don’t think these responses provide our readers with the unvarnished truth, and we will no longer include them in our articles at the expense of compromising the integrity of the information we provide. University departments do not have one, centralized voice, but rather are made up of a multitude of diverse perspectives.
Kumar alluded to the value of face-to-face interviews and phoners, and pointed out that the truth isn’t always eloquent. (more...)