Bold move or cutting off your right arm?

Scenario: Your students’ editorials are riddled with errors day after day (or week after week). What action should be taken?

Students of the Daily Illini at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign decided that they would just stop running editorials.

Bold move or cutting off their right arm?

The State Journal-Register of Springfield, Ill., feels this was a wrong move, saying among other things:

That’s what we call giving it the old college no-try. […]

You made errors in your reporting (sorry, but there’s no such thing as a “faulty fact”), and you’re so upset about these errors that you quit? And you want to work in journalism?

Here is some advice from a place with considerable Daily Illini experience on its resume: Quitting solves nothing. Better reporting, thorough checking of facts, constant striving for accuracy will lead to well-founded opinions. Opinions not backed by facts, or based on untruths, are worthless. […]

Who’s right on this? How would your staffs react? It’s great to see that even the larger universities struggle with issues that could affect the community colleges. The difference, of course, is that the Illini is a daily and does not have days off between publications to deal with the issue.


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