A case of stolen newspapers - more than 700 copies - has the Student Press Law Center examining Christopher Newport University officials’ response to the theft.
In a story published last month, “Va. university won't press charges after newspapers stolen,” the nonprofit student journalism advocacy group criticized CNU leaders for not pressing charges after the theft. Copies of the student newspaper, the Captain's Log, were stolen Sept. 28.
The Virginia Pro Chapter Society of Professional Journalists also weighed in with an op-ed: A Teaching Moment at CNU
According to the SPLC story, the student reportedly objected to a story about police officer Timothy Nix, who was arrested in July on charges of fraud and forgery.
The story says the the student posted a Facebook status boasting that she stole and tossed the papers. Captain's Log Editor in Chief Emily Cole told SPLC that the student knew Nix through the police department, where she worked as a police aide.
According to the story, CNU officials say that since the Captain’s Log is funded through student activity fees, the university is the victim of the theft, not the newspaper. It decided to handle the matter internally.
This isn't the first time the administration made a decision about the newspaper that didn't sit well with students. In June, it took steps to defund the print edition of the newspaper, then reversed it after student outcry.
Frank LoMonte, executive director of the SPLC, said in the story that the university should change its stance.
Cole agreed, telling the SPLC this: “I think people need to be aware of the fact that taking newspapers and throwing them away is a crime."
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