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In Age of Internet, Should College Journalists Take Fewer Satirical Risks?

Student journalists have come under fire in recent weeks for satirical publications that tread into some murky waters.

At Boston University, the editor of the student newspaper resigned amid the fallout from an April Fools edition that seemed to mock drug use, rape and prostitution. At Rutgers, a satirical newspaper published a column praising Hitler, and attributed it to a Jewish student who is a columnist at a real campus publication. And at the University of Missouri, the editor of the student newspaper was forced to step down after another attempt at an April Fools edition fell flat — this time because of graphic language that was derogatory toward women.

Should college be a more forgiving environment where students can try, fail, and try again? Or should students be more careful not to offend given that what they write will likely follow them long after they leave campus?

This post originally appeared on EWA’s now-defunct online community, EdMedia Commons. Old content from EMC will appear in the Ed Beat archives.