UPDATE WITH VIDEO: Did Georgia’s Student Newspaper Publisher Harry Montevideo Just Tackle A Reporter?
Yesterday, the New York Times reported that Georgia’s student newspaper, The Red & Black, saw its Editor-In-Chief Paulina Marinova and other staff members walk out after an internal memo leaked. The memo detailed desired changes to be made at the publication.
“The walkout came after Ms. Marinova obtained a draft memo written by a board member that contained proposed guidelines for the newspaper. The memo listed, among “bad” news that was to be played down, “content that catches people or organizations doing bad things.””
Students had also been upset that the paper was moving towards giving final say to non-student managers. Effectively, the students are upset because the non-profit, student-run publication is forgetting its roots.
Last night, a new Twitter account was created, @redanddead815 – a spinoff created by former members of the staff that had walked out.
Check out what the account has been tweeting from the board meeting today. This situation could be getting out of hand.
UPDATE 1: We now have video of the alleged incident, via Red and Dead:
UPDATE 2: Harry Montevideo has put out a statement on the alleged altercation. This was taken from Red and Dead:
“There was an “Open House” in our upstairs office, strictly for UGA students interested in working at The Red and Black. That was communicated by myself, to all the media representatives gathered in our lobby. I advised the media, that due to the number of interested parties, the statement would be read outside our west entrance, but until that time, they were welcome to stay inside the air conditioned lobby.
The individual in question, was asked repeatedly by myself and several of our other staff members, to remain downstairs with rest of the media (most all of whom complied). He and one other media representative made their way upstairs. After being advised of this by staff, I asked the first individual to turn off his camera and return downstairs and the first individual complied. I made the same request to the second individual and he became confrontational. After repeated verbal requests for him to turn off his camera and make some progress to the stairs, I began to escort him towards the doorway. As a result of either my assistance or his resistance, we both fell to the floor. When I regained my balance I stood up backed away and he exited the building, but only after a good deal of verbal assault towards myself.
I asked our business manager to call 911 just prior to him leaving, an ACC police officer arrived shortly thereafter and asked if we need any further assistance. I explained to the office what had happened and that the individual in had left the premises. I don’t believe the officer filled out a report.”