Phoenix backlash

FRIDAY,  SEPT 11, 2020    (Vol. 2  No. 19)
Student reporter
(Grand Valley, Mich. Lanthorn)
The world of student journalism is never uneventful, but for Loyola University’s Phoenix, the school’s student newspaper, it’s been a hell of a few weeks.
Amid student-led protests on and around campus against the University’s relationship with the Chicago Police Department, six students were arrested. As they were being taken into custody, the Phoenix, which had been reporting on the protests since they began, posted videos to their Twitter.
What followed this reporting was a statement on Instagram by Our Streets LUC, the protest organizers, regarding the Loyola Phoenix and its coverage. In it, they claimed that they asked the Phoenix not to publish the videos because it created unnecessary trauma for protestors. They claimed their practices were aggressive and invasive.
Ironically, the organization stated it would no longer be conducting interviews with the Phoenix.
From protest organizers to spectators, it seemed like the student journalists could do nothing right.
7 a.m. alarm, snoozed; 7:15 a.m. alarm, snoozed; 7:30 a.m. alarm, snoozed.
By the time I rolled out of the too-firm bed in my freshman dorm, I was sufficiently pressed to make it to my 8 a.m. class on time.
I slipped on a long-sleeve shirt and some sandals as quietly as I could, trying to appease my disgruntled roommate. Then I ran through the 62-degree spring morning breeze to Gaylord Hall and made it with two minutes to spare.
Satisfied with myself, I sat down in my usual spot by the window ready for that day’s assignment — man on the street interviews.
For the next 45 minutes, my professor delivered the instructions, and an ominous scene developed outside that window: first clouds, then wind, then rain. As we poured out onto the South Oval to seek out our sources, it started to sleet.
I was thoroughly unprepared.
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Copyright 2020 by Rich Cameron

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