Red and Black board reinstates top two editors

Polina Marinova, who resigned as Red and Black editor-in-chief last week after a dispute over control of the University of Georgia newspaper, is returning to the position. Managing editor Julia Carpenter has also been reinstated by the paper’s board.

“As journalists, it went against our instinct and training to walk out of a newsroom on deadline,” they say in a joint statement. “We extend an apology to those who were adversely affected.”

The statement — posted on both Red and Black and Red and Dead (the former staffers’ site) — also says:

As a board, we reiterate our commitment to student journalism and The Red and Black as a training ground. We want to be clear that students have editorial control over the contents of our publications with no prior review.

As a board we are committed to adding students to our membership as provided in our by-laws and discussed during our summer meeting.

Board vice chairwoman Melita Easters says the meeting with the two editors was “cordial” and that “we all are satisfied that they have a real commitment to The Red & Black and that they have a lot of good ideas for moving forward and getting beyond the misunderstandings of the last few days.”

* Statement from Red and Black student editors, board and publisher (
* “It finally feels like we’ve been heard,” says Marinova ( | @polina_marinova
* Earlier: Red and Black editors could take their jobs back (
* Red and Black is #10 on just-released “Best College Newspapers” list (