No doubt the governing board of Red and Black, the student newspaper of the University of Georgia (which Eddie DeBoer at Balloon Juice calls a “a no-bullshit great student newspaper”) is within its legal rights in subjecting the student editors of the newspaper to a paid non-student “editorial director,” just as the students were within their rights to walk out in protest. But given the evidence that the governing board, or the people who prepare documents for them, are semi-literate and stupid, it’s hard to have much confidence. “Publisher” Harry Montivideo’s video is about as bad as the document.
“Create quality journalism product that engages our audience”? Gag me with a spoon! That’s not as funny as the assertion that “we will not tolerate liable,” but it’s pretty bad just the same.
What’s even more depressing, of course, is that the takeover of journalist enterprises by people who don’t know how to write or to gather news, and who think in management-consulting buzzwords, goes far beyond the ranks of the student press.