UGA paper board apologizes to student journalists

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Friday, Aug. 17, 2012

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- The board of the student-run newspaper at the University of Georgia has apologized for what it called misunderstandings that led most of the student journalists, including the editor-in-chief, to walk out earlier this week.

Students at The Red & Black left Wednesday night, saying they were unhappy that the paper's non-student editorial adviser had been given full control of the newspaper. The students were angered by a draft memo listing expectations for the paper's professional staff, who are not students.

Board vice chair Melita Easters said Friday the student editor has always had the final editorial responsibility for the paper's news content. She said that is still the case.

Board member Ed Stamper, who wrote the memo that angered the students, apologized and resigned from the board Friday.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)