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November 10, 2011 / hpclevelandstater

The buzz on the Chronicle of Higher Education article

Writing about the Chronicle of Higher Education article that featured Cleveland State presented a couple problems.
For one, I generally don’t have a desire to write a story about someone else’s story. If the administration or faculty have a problem with the author, that’s between them, not me. I would prefer to not make it my business.
But the talk on campus became too much to ignore, which led to the other problem.
The article was expected to be a topic of discussion at Wednesday’s Faculty Senate meeting. However, the Stater — which comes out every other Thursday — prints on Wednesday afternoon.
Furthermore, at least one interested party I talked to on Monday didn’t want to say anything until everyone had a chance to give their side at the meeting. That’s very professional and noble, but it didn’t do me any good because I had to produce a story by Tuesday morning.
So the story in the print edition was printed based on the Chronicle story, an email from the faculty union and a letter to faculty from Provost Geoffrey S. Mearns. We put a note at the top of the story referring to the recap on the web.
But to me, it was almost like a preemptive strike explaining why the print edition story wasn’t complete even though it hit the racks after the meeting took place.
Thankfully, we can put content on the web now. And if you’ve made it this far, that means you found it. Hopefully it all makes sense now, no time travel required.

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