Thursday, September 27, 2007

Rocky Mountain Collegian Update

It's always interesting to see how a newspaper handles coverage when the publication itself is at the center of a story.

A case in point: The Rocky Mountain Collegian, which found itself in the limelight this week after publishing an editorial on Sept. 21 that said, "Taser This... FUCK BUSH."

The profane editorial didn't just get officials and students at Colorado State University riled up. It made the national news and sparked debate around the country about The First Amendment, the use of foul language and the rights of the college press.

Here's how the newspaper has covered the controversy:


The paper has also made room for lots of letters to the editor and opinion columns voicing a variety of views, including:
As of this writing, the paper has received 980 comments on the editorial's Web page and countless other letters, comments and phone calls.

Whatever you think of the paper's editorial, The Collegian has certainly created a forum for public discussion on the First Amendment.

What do you think of the way the paper has handled being in the limelight? Do you think the paper's response to the furor is a model for other college papers? Post a comment below.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Here's how the Associated Press covered the public meeting:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,298221,00.html

Rebecca Conklin said...

What was the outcome of CSU's Board of Student Communication meeting? Leave it to the national media to cover the initial flap but not follow up.

Rebecca Conklin said...

What was the outcome of CSU's Board of Student Communication meeting? Leave it to the national meeting to cover the initial flap but not follow up.