To use a metaphor that sports writers may jibe me for: some of my peers at Western Washington University seem to view college not as the season opener to adult life, but as merely a scrimmage. â€œSure, weâ€™re doing the same things, but they donâ€™t affect our record right now.â€
It sounds implausible that members of the digital generation who document their lives on social networks would delude themselves that way. But letâ€™s forget about Facebookâ€™s bottomless memory and humor them for a moment, because they almost had a major impact on our schoolâ€™s interpretation of the First Amendment.
On Oct. 26, the Student Senate at Western introduced a resolution that would have allowed sources to back-edit Western publicationsâ€™ content. It proposed that students or alumni featured in a publication could, one to 10 years later, tell the publication to delete the content and wipe it from the online archives.
Iâ€™m guessing most people reading this are journalists. While you folks pick your jaws up off the floor or try to control your incredulous laughter, Iâ€™ll explain the reasoning behind the proposal. (more…)Posted in Students, Uncategorized | Tagged journalism, Students, WWU | Comments Off on Defending press freedom for student journalists at WWU