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News Clips 01/09/2013
Florida A&M student newspaper's publication postponed by dean
Source: Tallahassee Democrat, 01/08/13
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By Jennifer Portman
Publication of Florida A&M’s student newspaper The Famuan has been postponed until the end of the month to ensure student journalists receive proper training.
School of Journalism and Graphic Communication Dean Ann L. Kimbrough decided to delay publication of the spring semester’s first edition following the filing of a libel lawsuit last month by a former Marching 100 drum major.
“This is an opportunity,” she said. “We need to make sure we are all involved in the training related to our jobs.”
An article published on The Famuan website Dec. 2, 2011, incorrectly stated band member Keon Hollis was suspended in connection with the death of fellow drum major Robert Champion. Three days later, Hollis' name was removed from the list of four suspended students and the student newspaper ran a formal correction Feb. 14, 2012. Still, Hollis’ lawsuit alleges his reputation was damaged by the implication he played a role in the hazing that killed Champion.
During her review of the lawsuit, Kimbrough said no major shortcomings jumped out at her, but her interest was piqued. In the coming weeks, students on staff will receive “intensive training” to supplement what they learn in class. Kimbrough said the newspaper will resume publication Jan. 30.