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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.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
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- The Indian Wars
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