Monday, December 17, 2007

Learning on the Job

The editor of the The Michigan Times, UM-Flint's student newspaper, has been pushed aside, sort of, for printing a letter to the editor that insulted Muslims. The move comes as the Flint campus ushers in a new journalism degree program.

"Student Amanda Durish, who defended running the letter in September and refused Lewis' suggestion to step down as The Times' three-year editor-in-chief, graduates this year.

Durish has become "editor emeritus" and Mike Stechschulte will become editor in chief next semester. Durish and administrators say the changes are not because of the letter controversy."

Durish just might be the first person in her twenties to earn the "emeritus" title after her name. It makes you wonder what the journalism students will be learning about freedom of the press.

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