UNC’s ‘Daily Tar Heel’ Covers Front Lines Of College Reopenings
On the morning of Friday, Aug. 14, The Daily Tar Heel newsroom got a tip: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was about to announce clusters of positive coronavirus cases in student housing, after only a week of in-person classes. The student-led independent newspaper broke the news before the university sent its campus-wide alert.
Over the weekend, more news of clusters trickled in — this time at a fraternity house and another dorm.
Student journalists, like those at The Daily Tar Heel, have been tirelessly reporting on college reopening plans — and their editorials haven’t held back. One headline from students at the University of Kansas read, “KU must reverse course now on campus reopening;” another, from the student-run newspaper at the University of Notre Dame, declared, “Don’t make us write obituaries.” And the news stories haven’t let up — stories about reopening plans, testing on campus, hybrid or online learning, and of course, what all of this has been like for students.