Minnesota Daily Editor in Chief Resigns Amid Suspension

A sad turn of events at the top of The Minnesota Daily editorial food chain: The EIC, who doubles as one of the student paper’s co-publishers, resigned late last week, most likely just before he would have been fired.

The mini-saga, as it was admirably reported by the Daily seemingly objectively, played out in two parts:

1) The editor used part of a Daily report on a recent mass student riot for an article run in The Minneapolis Star Tribune without permission.  His punishment was a one-week suspension and a loss of his bonus.  

2) During his suspension, he accessed the Daily Web site CMS and re-ordered where a story appeared online.  Why?  It’s unclear.  He says he was just doing his job and ensuring the ranking of stories in the print version and online version matched.  Other staffers note his access of the CMS violated his suspension- and he could have easily let another editor know of the mix-up and had them make the change.  The kicker: The story in question featured him.  Yeahhhhhh.  Cue raised eyebrows.

My take: One of the most forgotten, yet valuable aspects, of the college journalism experience is screwing up royally.  Mistakes are dramatic and burn themselves into our memories, many times even more than our successes.  And they are learning tools that help former j-students navigate the professional abyss.  The ed. in question here sounds like a good guy who served the Daily loyally for four years and recently let his judgment falter and possibly his ego get the better of him.  He made the mature decision to resign.  The editor, and the paper, should learn from the experience and focus on the positive aspects.  In this case, staffers can now state with more credibility than ever that no one gets away with wrongdoing under the Daily‘s watch, sadly at times not even one of its own.  Best of luck going forward.

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