Controversial column removed
The Tech Talk staff and the Department of Journalism faculty have removed a controversial personal column from The Tech Talk online edition. The explanation for the removal is below.
We regret the controversy the March 29 opinion piece has caused. Please note the views presented in the personal column by editor-in-chief Rebecca Spence, “Putting the hood in ‘hoodie,’” are not the opinion of The Tech Talk or journalism staff. This was a personal column that reflected one person’s opinion.
The department and the newspaper take responsibility for allowing the article to be printed without proper review. The staff acknowledges that some of the facts of the case as presented in the column were not attributed and the content of the column lacked balance. We also acknowledge that as time progresses, the facts of the case continue to evolve and be disputed.
The newspaper staff and journalism department support the editor’s right to freedom of speech.
However, we made a mistake and we take responsibility for that. We will review our editing and publication procedures so that this will not happen again.
Despite the controversy caused by this column, we condemn the personal threats Ms. Spence has received.
We understand the need to address issues with sensitivity and compassion. Hopefully, this can be a learning experience that can teach and pull people together.
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