One of my first nights in Phoenix I stopped by a local bar to see if I could meet some people. As luck would have it, I met two former newspaper writers. Both stressed to be a good sports writer I should have news experience.
Boy, do I.
The Stylus and Brockport Student Government (BSG) have never quite gotten along well. That’s what happens when, among many other issues, the newspaper is under the government’s wing and the government doesn’t like to have people digging in its business.
I’d like to expand on this page with explanations and background information. For now, here are the links to my work and coverage of the events.
- Brockport freshman murdered in dorm (full story) — end result of the breaking news story throughout the weekend. Please note: Brockport is west of Utica, not east, as the piece says. You can find my breaking news bursts throughout the weekend here (upon arriving at the scene), here and here. The follow-up on this story (his revealing statements to police after his arrest) can be found here.
- Admin: Brock the Port is over — example of using sources to get the story before the government had released information on it
- Brock the Port cancelation no surprise to BSG executives — Follow-up on the cancelation story following students’ return to campus for spring semester. The student government had been told for months the event would not be allowed, but continued to ignore the warnings and keep everything secret.
- Part I: Students protest Tucker Max lecture and Part II Tucker Max lecture sparks student protest, media attention
- BSG business manager threatens The Stylus (thanks Wayback Machine)
Outside coverage: “BSG vs. The Stylus”
- SPLC covers threats from BSG and Twitter threat to break EIC’s fingers
- College Media Matters covers it
- Poynter’s story
- Editor-in-chief stands questioning by BSG investigative board
“We would have printed that story had it been any other organization missing $5. I’m not accusing anyone of where that $5 is going. I’m saying that $5 is missing,” said Editor-in-chief of The Stylus Cassandra Negley while addressing members of Brockport Student Government (BSG). “I don’t care if it’s The Stylus, I don’t care if it’s Free the Children club, I don’t care if it’s Habitat for Humanity. I’m a journalist. I’m going to tell you where there is money missing and hopefully we can come to a resolution. Isn’t that why we’re here? Let’s talk about a resolution and how to fix this problem and not just keep attacking either side.”
Outside coverage: Covering the murder, Pg. 1 controversy
- Student Press Law Center article on students stealing the newspapers
- 13WHAM: Student newspaper causes controversy (video)
- TWC News: Whittemore pleads guilty; attitudes on Brockport campus (video)