Our very own Laura Beth Nielsen provided lots of useful information for my Daily column this week on NU’s speech codes. (This quarter, I’ll be in The Daily every Monday.) I would be interested to hear your feedback on the piece.
I’ve worked at The Daily before, back in spring and fall of 2006, when I served as public editor (more commonly known as ombudsman). In that position, I was allotted 650 words for biweekly columns on The Daily’s practices and ethics. Now I can write about whatever I want, but I’ve been cut down to 450 words, making nuance very difficult to include. In retrospect, I fear I bit off a bit more than I could chew with this piece, but the columnist opportunity will definitely provide a good exercise in brevity if there ever was one.
Oh, also: Please don’t mind the mediocre headline. My editors and I will try to improve on that next week.
If the issue of campus speech codes interests you, Prof. Nielsen and I would recommend Jon B. Gould‘s “Speak No Evil: The Triumph of Hate Speech Regulation.” I found it fair, insightful and poignant, unlike a lot of the so-called analysis on this topic. I’ve taken out the NU library copy (muaha), but I’ll return it posthaste if you’d like to borrow it.