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If You Write a Column for The D, You Can’t Talk About It

The inner workings of The Dartmouth are extremely curious. One would think that columnists who expressed an opinion on an issue would be allowed to field questions from any and all comers. Not so.

From: Jonathan B. Webster [Executive Editor]
Date: Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 1:40 PM
Subject: President Kim’s nomination
To: The Opinion Staff

Hi Opinion Staff!

For those of you I haven’t met yet, I’m Jay, the executive editor for the opinion section. As most of you know by now, our own President Jim Yong Kim has been nominated by President Obama to be the next president of the World Bank. This is very exciting news for Dartmouth, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise to any of you that The D will be reporting on this extensively over the coming months

As such, I would just like to remind you that as staff members of Dartmouth’s student newspaper, your opinions must be private (unless written in a column), not publicly displayed — it is essential that we remain impartial, and this includes all staffers. As members of the opinion staff, your personal feelings are obviously more important than those of writers for other sections, but if you would like to write a column about any angle of this nomination, please speak with Ashley or Ethan. Keep your perspectives on his nomination out of your Facebook statuses, Twitter and the like, and you are not allowed to speak with any news sources about this. If you are approached by any reporters, please decline and direct them to Emily. [Emphasis added]

Thanks guys, and I look forward to a great Spring term with you all!


It is becoming ever more obvious that the College’s paper of record is little more than an extension of the Office of Public Affairs. How sad.

Several months ago, The D’s staff was told not to read Dartblog, nor to speak to nor respond to communications from your humble servant. As I said, quite curious.


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