Rolling Stone Errors Highlight Poor Journalism, Perpetuate Rape Culture

Editorial Board
December 12, 2014
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Trigger Warning: This editorial contains discussion of sexualized violence.   After weeks of controversy over the veracity of a Rolling Stone article on rape at the University of Virginia, an anonymous source came forward on Tuesday claiming that the deputy managing editor of... Read more »

Representative Media Coverage Requires Voices of Citizen Journalists

Editorial Board
December 5, 2014
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Hours after a Staten Island grand jury announced Wednesday that a white NYPD officer would not be indicted in the death of Eric Garner, a black father of six who stopped breathing while held in a banned chokehold, The Huffington Post published a headline that stood out in the media frenzy: “A Grand... Read more »

Emergency Declaration in Missouri Premature, Discourages Structural Change

Editorial Board
November 21, 2014
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In anticipation of the announcement by prosecutors of whether a grand jury will file charges against Darren Wilson — the Ferguson, MO police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in August — Missouri Governor Jay Nixon stoked the flames of a virulent disconnect between government officials... Read more »

Net Neutrality Essential in Maintaining Worldwide Flow of Information, Ideas

Editorial Board
November 14, 2014
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President Obama announced on Monday his support for protecting net neutrality — the principle that all internet traffic, from personal blogs to viral videos to CNN breaking news, should be treated equally by internet service providers. This welcome gesture did little, however, to convey the gravity... Read more »

Street Harassment Discourse Disregards Intersectional Issues

Editorial Board
November 7, 2014
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When online videos related to pressing social or political issues go viral, the mainstream media sometimes weighs in. This week, the online branches of media outlets like The New York Times, The Washington Post and NPR did just that in response to the video gracing news feeds across the... Read more »

Disparities in Ebola Response Reveal Broader Health Care System Flaws

Editorial Board
October 31, 2014
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At first glance, the swift diagnosis and isolation of Craig Spencer in New York City last week seemed to demonstrate improvement in the United States’ response to Ebola, the disease which has now killed nearly 5,000... Read more »

Voting Measures Further Disenfranchise Minorities

Editorial Board
October 10, 2014
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In a three-sentence order handed down last Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court further disenfranchised Ohio’s minority voters by upholding sweeping new limitations on the state’s early voting period. The order, a temporary stay granted by the Court’s conservative majority which suspends two lower... Read more »

SFC Cuts Hurt Quality, Accessibility of Publications

Editorial Board
October 3, 2014
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At Oberlin, journalism falls largely outside the scope of any department and thus into the hands of student publications. We strive to report on issues that matter, helping students remain informed and empowering them to serve as voices for change within their community. But a recent financial decision... Read more »

Journalists Must Remove Racial Slurs from Lexicon

Editorial Board
September 26, 2014
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A student newspaper at a high school in Pennsylvania this week found itself at the epicenter of an issue that has for decades posed challenges for journalistic outlets nationwide: what to do about the fact that a popular and profitable athletic mascot is widely regarded as a racial slur. Sports teams... Read more »

Messages of Prejudice, Intimidation Unwelcome on College Campuses

Editorial Board
September 19, 2014
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When morning classes broke for lunch Wednesday, students funneled out of academic buildings onto North Professor Street to the sight of demonstrators holding large signs emblazoned with the words “Fear God” and “Ask Me Why You Deserve Hell.” In front of Peters Hall, a graying woman preached about... Read more »

College Rankings Devalue Breadth of Knowledge, Ignore Human Element

Editorial Board
September 12, 2014
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The days are getting shorter and crisper, and right on schedule, a host of disillusioned columnists are beginning to attack this year’s quantification of the unquantifiable. On Tuesday, US News & World Report released the 2015 edition of its widely acclaimed annual rankings of the nation’s... Read more »

With Unpaid Internships, Gainful Employment Favors the Prepared Mind

Editorial Board
May 9, 2014
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Finally, the sun is out, and it looks as though it might stay for a while. But for many of us, the sunny season doesn’t correspond to a lull in work — quite the opposite, actually, as students disperse to pursue summer jobs and internships in a variety of fields. Since the 1990s, the internship has... Read more »