Newspaper Pulls Article For Quoting Too Many White Students
The Vassar College student-run newspaper retracted an article published in February after determining it contained too many quotes from white students.
“In prioritizing urgency over thoroughness, we made misguided and insensitive oversights with whom we were representing in the article and failed to provide in-depth reporting of the issue at large,” the Miscellany News editors wrote in an “apology.”
“The majority of our quotations came from white students and therefore we reduced the positions of students of color to a singular, tokenized perspective. After this was brought to our attention, the paper decided to remove the article online in an attempt to prevent further harm among the communities we misrepresented.”
The article in question was about former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson’s withdrawing as the school’s commencement speaker for 2022 after her invitation sparked controversy over the Obama administration’s deportation policy.
The editors said the article “exemplifies many of the institutional flaws and structural problems within our paper” and vowed to take “consistent action” to “address the systemic problems within The Miscellany News.”
“Journalism, including college journalism, has historically been a white-centric, often elitist field, and The Miscellany News is not immune to the consequences of these structures. The publication of the article and its subsequent removal reminds us of the systemic issues our members are implicated in, as well as the privilege and lack of diversity that we have allowed to persist for generations across our boards,” the editors wrote.