Florida A&M University asked the editor of its student paper, The Famuan, to reapply for his job -- then denied him the post, Michael Koretzky reports. The university had previously delayed the planned January start of publication following a lawsuit, after which the students began to publish online.
Karl Etters told Koretzky that the paper's adviser told him "my answer about holding the administration accountable and publishing 'negative' stories as she called it -- which I did not say in the interview -- was not in the vision of the paper."
“To me it seems like this was all a ruse to put somebody else as editor,” Etters told Sara Gregory of the Student Press Law Center. Ann Kimbrough, dean of the university's journalism school, replied only "Thank you" in an email from SPLC requesting comment. The paper's advisor, Kanya Stewart, didn't reply to Koretzky. (more...)