TUESDAY, SEPT 7, 2020 (Vol. 2 No. 16)
Mary Chappell, editor-in-chief of the student-run Loyola Phoenix,
at the Loyola University Chicago campus. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)
“Things turned ugly,” wrote Mary Chappell, “when we posted videos of students being taken into police custody on our Twitter.”
Chappell, 21, is the editor-in-chief of the Loyola Phoenix, the student-run newspaper of Loyola University Chicago, and her “From the Editor’s Desk” column last Monday explained to readers why her publication was under such heavy fire on social media.
Phoenix reporters had been covering near daily peaceful student protests on and around the university’s Far North Side campus in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. On Aug. 29, when six students were among those arrested for blocking traffic on North Sheridan Road, the paper posted images from the scene, as they’d done from previous protests.
“We were subsequently contacted by dozens of people (asking us) to strip the videos from our social media, with some people saying it brought participants unnecessary trauma,” Chappell wrote.
“When we didn’t comply with the requests, members of the movement called for a moratorium on talking to Phoenix reporters about the events. People spread photos and memes with the words ‘F— The Loyola Phoenix.’ ”
Northwestern handled similar pressure last November from student activists who were outraged that a Daily photographer had posted images showing the faces of some of those who’d demonstrated against an appearance on the Evanston campus by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The photographer took down the photos, and the editors removed the name of a protester they’d interviewed and issued an excruciatingly abject apology.
It was a disgraceful capitulation to the woke mob and a stain on the legacy of Northwestern’s highly-ranked Medill School of Journalism, where many on the independent paper’s staff study.
In the end, the Phoenix showed the student paper from the more prestigious school just up the road how it’s done. They left up the videos.
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