A few weeks ago, The Medium’s Managing Editors and Editor-in-Chief released a statement in which we described our thought processes when creating policies surrounding the production of safe, ethical war coverage. This statement was released as a response to the many questions that The Medium received from the student body, about how we would be reporting on the ongoing conflict in the Middle East.
In the weeks following the release of this statement, it has become clear that a critical mistake was made when crediting the statement; the article was attributed to “The Medium” rather than “The Medium’s Management Team.” By publishing this statement under “The Medium” we insinuated that all members of The Medium agreed with the statement before it was accepted for publishing. This was not the case, as we did not receive consent or approval from all members of our team prior to publication.
Engaging in open and honest communication with those whose opinions differ from our own is paramount to reputable, high-quality reporting. In failing to accurately cite our statement, The Medium’s management team and Editor-in-Chief have failed to accurately represent the voices of our team.
As the Editor-in-Chief, I would like to issue a formal apology to all of our team members who have been impacted by our error over the past few weeks. Know that your opinions are deeply valued and are not to be swept under the rug ever again. Without such a talented, hard-working team, The Medium’s weekly publications would not be possible. To publish such a sensitive statement without first consulting our team was inexcusable.
Moving forward, no statement of any kind will have “The Medium” listed as its author unless our entire Masthead has first provided us with their consent to do so.
-River Knott, Editor-in-Chief
Copy Editor (Volume 49) — River is completing a specialist degree in Political Science with special interests in social justice and law. He is currently working as a copy editor at The Medium. In his spare time, River can usually be found noodling on his guitar, obsessively replaying “Red Dead Redemption 2,” dipping into local thrift stores, and flipping through worn paperback fiction instead of doing his course readings.