18 College Papers Condemn USC's Ousting of Daily Trojan Editor

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"Practicing journalism with strings attached isn't really practicing journalism at all," a group of 18 college newspapers declared yesterday, protesting the University of Southern California's move to block the student paper's editor-in-chief from continuing to serve next semester. In an editorial published first in the Daily Trojan and 17 other papers yesterday, the students condemn USC's administration for censorship that "diminishes the role of student journalists across the nation."

Columbia University's Bwog points out that its school's daily paper, the Spectator, is "notoriously absent" from the list (the only other Ivy League school not on the list is Dartmouth, which the Bwog notes currently is not publishing. The Bwog did get a statement from the Spectator opinions editor explaining why ("as journalists, we don't think it is responsible to sign our name to an opinion written in the words of someone else," she explains).