Univ. of Ga. students protest newspaper changes

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Associated Press

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 16 at 10:31 PM

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Students who work for a University of Georgia newspaper are protesting a decision they say gives control over stories to non-students.

Students at The Red & Black newspaper walked out Wednesday night after a non-student was named editorial director with final say on editorial content, The Athens Banner-Herald reported (http://bit.ly/R3wpSw ).

The newspaper's editor-in-chief, UGA student Polina Marinova, was among staffers who walked out. Students said it happened after Ed Morales, who had been the paper's editorial adviser, was given full editorial control of the newspaper.

Morales did not return messages Thursday from The Associated Press.

In a statement published online, The Red & Black's board of directors and publisher said the newspaper will remain an independent student media organization and that adding professionals to the staff will improve the product and training.

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