On Friday March 1, editors from the CMC Forum, Claremont Independent, Claremont Port Side, and The Student Life delivered an open letter to CMC President Pamela Gann opposing recent changes to the college’s student media policy. (Full Disclosure: I myself signed.)
President Gann responded just before 5pm on March 4 with the following email:
Dear Caroline, Marina, Tim and Maya:
Thank you for your letter of March 1, 2013 regarding the policy requiring student journalists to work through the CMC Office of Public Affairs (PA) to process requests for interviews and information. I understand and appreciate your desire to help foster and maintain an environment of trust and respect.
Please also know that I am in agreement with you in terms of the flow of information. The main reason we have asked you to work with PA is to ensure that you and your reporters do receive accurate and timely information.
I am directing PA to streamline the process and make sure that student reporters are quickly informed that their requests have been received and when PA will be able to respond to the specific requests in a reasonable manner. I am also directing PA to meet with the four of you and walk you through the process so that all are in agreement and understand the process.
Again, thank you for reaching out and making me aware of your important concerns. Student media play an important role in the life of the College, and I would like to see this resolved in a way that works for all involved.
The email, which came from the President’s email address, included an attached version of the same letter signed by President Gann. View the signed copy of Gann’s response here.