UPDATE: Newspaper staffers did not use school funds to buy sex toys for the controversial issue, the editor-in-chief tells KRQE-13 news.
Administrators at Central New Mexico Community College went ballistic over the student newspaper’s Sex Issue and closed the CNM Chronicle newsroom for at least the rest of the semester while it does a “full evaluation of the structure and oversight” of its operations.
College bosses call the sex issue “offensive and not appropriate for the educational mission of CNM,” while college-media watchdog and journalism professor Dan Reimold says it’s “incredibly tame by student press sex edition standards.”
Editor-in-chief Jyllian Roach says six hours after the issue was distributed Tuesday, she and other Chronicle staffers were ordered into a dean’s office and told the college-funded paper was “raunchy.” (The editor insists the sex issue “really focuses on education.”)
She tells KOB-TV that college officials tried to get the papers off campus.
People were pulling all the papers off the stands and weren’t identifying themselves until I asked and they said they were part of the administration. They were pulling papers off the stand and actually out of peoples’ hands.
The issue includes sexuality resources; persons-on-the-street revealing their favorite sex positions; a consumer guide to sex toys; a guide to “safe, sane and consensual” bondage and S&M; and a feature on abstinence.
The editor of the University of New Mexico’s Daily Lobo says she’s showing support for the Chronicle staff by suspending her print editions until Chronicle journalists are reinstated and administrators “allow the newspaper to remain free of faculty, staff or administrative oversight.” There’s also a Change.org petition that calls for reinstatement of Chronicle staffers and distribution of the sex issue.
* Community college suspends student paper over sex issue (collegemediamatters.com)
* CNM suspends student paper (abqjournal.com) | Video report (kob.com)
* Daily Lobo will not be published in print until further notice (dailylobo.com)