Northwestern Student Paper Apologizes for ‘Retraumatizing’ Students With Coverage of Jeff Sessions Event

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After students at Northwestern University complained about pictures from an event featuring former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the editors of the campus paper, the Northwestern Daily, apologized for its coverage of the event

Sessions spoke at the university last week and the Daily covered the event and the protesters who attended.

However, when some of the protesters saw the pictures circulating on social media, they complained that they were “retraumatizing and invasive,” leading editors of the paper to apologize.

“We recognize that we contributed to the harm students experienced, and we wanted to apologize for and address the mistakes that we made that night — along with how we plan to move forward.”

The apology noted that the “retraumatizing” pictures had been taken down.

“One area of our reporting that harmed many students was our photo coverage of the event. Some protesters found photos posted to reporters’ Twitter accounts retraumatizing and invasive. Those photos have since been taken down. On one hand, as the paper of record for Northwestern, we want to ensure students, administrators and alumni understand the gravity of the events that took place Tuesday night. However, we decided to prioritize the trust and safety of students who were photographed.”

The move drew swift criticism from journalists who noted that Northwestern is known for its Medill School of Journalism.

Editor in Chief of the Daily, Tony Closson, defended the apology to The Washington Post saying, “Something we thought about a lot this week is how challenging it is to be student journalists who are reporting about other students.”

The news of the Daily’s apology comes just after Harvard’s Undergraduate Council voted to condemn The Crimson over its decision to reach out to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for a comment on a story.

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Deb
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This is laughable.

Tracy
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more proof that the human brain is not fully developed until about the age of 30.

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