In response to the biggest story of these young journalists’ careers, they run… wait for it. Wait for it.
The press release from the University. Word. For. Word.
They went that extra mile though. They put “Breaking News:” in front of the exact headline on the release.
No student reaction. No quotes from faculty. Despite two weeks of knowing this could be coming, no retrospective on Speck. Randy Turner had better coverage.
A former faculty member told us this happened twice before:
“Once, when then-President Donald Darnton was dismissed right after commencement, a student editor who had graduated came back to cover the story with no compensation. He produced a special edition of the paper that looked back on the former president and profiled his interim successor, Julio Leon.
That student was Chad Stebbins.
When Leon, 25 years later, was shown the door, The Chart staff got wind of it and turned around a special edition in a day. And that was the weekend before classes started.”
Is Speck’s house listed? Has Alan Marble signed a contract? Has anyone asked? We bet Emily Younker has. She at least got a bylined story out last night. And the fact that the campus newspaper didn’t is a continuing example of how Speck made things worse.