Month: April 2015

Back to basics: Thoughts on the UVA/Rolling Stone scandal

It’s been a while. Apparently taking three classes, working as a senior reporter for the school paper, pursuing an entrepreneurial project, applying to jobs and still trying to enjoy my last semester of college is one way to neglect a blog. I haven’t posted since the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January but I’m back—with quite a lot to say. An extremely cringeworthy journalism failure has just happened and I can’t help but wonder how one of the most notable culture and music publications will recover. If you’re a journalist, a writer, a college student, a sexual assault survivor, a professor, a college administrator, a politician—basically any participating member of society—you’ve probably heard about the epic misstep made by Rolling Stone’s editorial team in the reporting of a University of Virginia campus rape (the article has since been retracted). “A Rape on Campus” was published in November 2014 and within weeks major news outlets like The Washington Post were heavily and publicly questioning the validity of Rolling Stone’s reporting. It was obvious not all characters in the story were equally represented. The presence of pseudonyms …